Social Work: Making a Difference

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Policy, 2008 - Political Science - 202 pages
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Social work in the UK has recently undergone its biggest change for 30 years. As new regulatory bodies are working to consolidate social work's professional status, a new training programme, now at degree level, expects increased in-practice learning. Yet until now, students have struggled to find resources to underpin their learning. This major text addresses the new agenda and explores what social work is in the 21st Century. Structured around the framework of the National Occupational Standards for social work - and using terminology and concepts contained within them - the book examines how social work can make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities and argues that to really make a difference it is necessary to think outside the box.The book provides all social work students with an introductory social work textbook for the 21st century with the main chapters following the six National Occupational Standards for social work. Each chapter uses a problem-based learning approach, beginning with a 'real-life' case scenario from social work practice and drawing on messages from theory and research. It includes a range of student friendly features including glossaries, summaries, questions, exercises, further reading and links to other resources and is written by leading authors in their field and evaluated in detail by a distinguished editorial panel.Demonstrating social work's potential to be transformative, this book provides the perfect introductory text for a new generation of social workers.

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This book is a must read. It is very well structured, in a way that leads a newcomer to the world of social work, in an accessible manner.
The use of scenarios, followed by explanations of the
various approaches that could be followed, coupled with the relevant explanations, make this book worth each minute that is spent reading.
I only wish it had been the first book that I had read on this subject.
I recommend this book without reservation.

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About the author (2008)

Viviene Cree, School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh and Steve Myers, Salford Centre for Social Work Research, University of Salford

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