Reforms as well as cuts in services and finances are part of the everyday fabric of the social work landscape. Taking a critical approach to the transformation agenda in social work, this book outlines the implications of these changes for adult health and social care. Fully informed by theory, research, policy, and legislation, it takes a problem-based learning approach through the application of case studies, explaining and exploring the overlapping roles of social care and social policy. The authors argue for the continued significance and importance of social work within the context of adult social care: social work, they show, can make a vital difference in the lives and experiences of many of those who are perceived to be the most vulnerable people in society. It is essential reading for students, educators, and practitioners of social work and social policy, and health and social care.