This title provides a comprehensive introduction to all key study areas within Applied Social Care; The Field of Social Care, Theoretical Approaches, Practice Issues, and Social Care and Specific Population Groups. It contains contributions from national and international academics, practitioners and supervisors. "Applied Social Care" establishes Social Care in Ireland as a discrete professional field. The text features up-to-date Irish material, case studies, references to further reading and a comprehensive bibliography of Irish and international sources. It is endorsed by the IASCE (Irish Association of Social Care Educators) and by the Resident Managers' Association. This title is accompanied by a lecturers' secure website containing teaching slides for every chapter.