Social welfare workers in all fields are frequently motivated by a desire to 'work with people,' 'bring about change,' or to 'make a difference.' These ideals are often constrained (even thwarted) by systems and funding that are driven by social policy. This book explores some of the difficulties and dilemmas faced by contemporary social workers as they deliver welfare in a changing policy context. The book takes a skills-based approach to understanding the role and importance of social policy in social welfare practice. Written by experienced educators and authors, it shows readers how to understand, analyze, and engage with policy. It is especially relevant for social workers whose roles are currently being shaped and re-shaped by policies.