Special Issue on Social Care, Social Policy and Social Justice, Guest Editors Karen Smith, Anne Marie Shier, Margaret Fingleton and Kevin Murphy
Editorial Foreword: Dr. Ashling Jackson and Dr. Colm O'DohertySocial policy refers to the practice of social intervention aimed at securing out-comes which influence the welfare and wellbeing of citizens. Social care workers are charged with implementing and to a certain degree interpreting policy while taking account of the law and their own professional codes, principles, values and purposes. This can be a difficult and demanding role to discharge particularly when the political climate and government ideologies of the time are supporting or advocating interventions which go against the grain of positive social care practice. Social care workers implement policy in order to get things done. They are employed for benevolent purposes, to meet social needs, compensate socially caused dis-welfares and promote social justice. This requires social care personnel and other public service professionals to create policy through their practice- to ‘broker’ the imperfect obligations which society has placed on them. The five articles in this special IJASS edition, under the guest editorship of Karen Smith (UCD), Anne Marie Shier (DIT), Margaret Fingleton, (ITT) and Kevin Murphy (ITB) explore how and why policies have developed and how they are operationalised in different social arenas and sectors. Answers and evidence are provided that can contribute to new policy directions and the crafting of enhanced practice responses for all social care workers. We especially welcome the critical research inquiry focus of the edition, how it reframes the social care task itself and offers new insights and understandings on how best to advance the interests and wellbeing of women experiencing homelessness, lone parents, older citizens and migrants in third level education. These articles will also positively contribute to academic discourse and reflection in these areas.
Guest Editor’s Introduction: Social Care, Social Policy and Social Justice
Karen Smith, Anne Marie Shier, Margaret Fingleton, and Kevin Murphy
“If I even had to buy a packet of tea towels, that’s taking something away from the kids”: The experience of economic austerity for one parent families assisted by the Society of St Vincent de Paul in the Republic of Ireland
(re)Structuring the agency: Agency working arrangements and social care in the era of austerity and beyond.
Jim M. Cantwell and Martin P. Power Dr
Inequality in the Irish higher education system: a case study of the the views of migrant students and their lecturers on how English language proficiency impacts their academic achievement in an Institute of Technology
Ruth Harris and Brid Ni Chonaill