Professional Leadership for Social Work Practitioners and Educators

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Routledge, Nov 3, 2016 - Social Science - 166 pages
Professional leadership is increasingly recognised as being vital to enhancing social work’s reputation and effectiveness. Although professional leadership is one of the nine domains of the professional capability framework in England, sometimes leadership is assumed to be the prerogative of managers rather than the responsibility of all professional social workers. The participation of social workers and social work educators in shaping professional cultures within organisations through practice innovation, practitioner research and workforce development is thus crucial. Drawing on theories that challenge hierarchical concepts of leadership, this book will enable experienced social work practitioners and educators to develop their professional leadership to more expert levels. Throughout the book there are case examples illustrating examples of advanced professional leadership in action, research highlights and exercises utilising self-reflection, action planning, creative writing and imagery to provide practical support to the reader.

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Part 1
w3x Values diversity and social justice in professional leadership
w4x Theoretical models to support professional leadership 1
Part 2
w7x Working with learning groups and teams
w8x Professional leadership within and across organisations
w9x Practitioner evaluation and research
10x Conclusion

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Anna Fairtlough is a researcher and visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

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