Social Policy for Nurses and the Caring Professions is one of a series of texts which provide coherent and multi-disciplinary support for all professional groups involved in the provision of health and social care. It provides the student with a lively, readable and well-illustrated introduction to social policy. The authors take as a starting point the importance of the conceptual connection between health and illness. The stress throughout the book is on the significance of social policy in preventing ill health and disability as well as supporting the sick and disabled. A broad approach to social policy is taken, and the text is organized around the provision of welfare in the following contexts: * public * private *voluntary * informal Within these contexts, Peckham and Meerabeau discuss the themes of risk and accountability, expert vs lay knowledge, and diversity and policy in practice. This new edition is fully revised and updated throughout, and includes new chapters on health policy in the post-war period, the role of health and social care professionals, and the future of social policy and health. Pedagogical learning aids will guide the reader through the material with the help of chapter summaries, further reading, a glossary, and new examples and case studies to reflect the different client groups within nursing.