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Social Work with People with Learning Difficulties

Social Work with People with Learning Difficulties

Third Edition

April 2013 | 224 pages | Learning Matters
This book is part of the highly successful Transforming Social Work Practice series and is written specifically to support students on the social work degree. Full of practical activities, case studies and opportunities for students to critically reflect and explore theory and practice.

Current practice in the field was driven by the government White Paper 'Valuing People' (2001) which declared some radical aims for services with people with learning difficulties. Now somewhat compromised by the local authority austerity measures, the goals set by 'Valuing People' are nevertheless still important. This third edition seeks to confirm and strenghten social work values and priciples so that the progress and successes achieved by 'Valuing People' can continue. Case studies and activities draw out the key points and reinforce learning. Summaries of contemporary research are included, as are suggestions for further reading and coverage of current government guidance and policy documents.

By examining the varied roles that a social worker might undertake in this field, the authors portray a positive picture of working with people with learning difficulties: the achievements and satisfaction, and the learning and understanding that can be gained. They also highlight the need for recognition of vulnerability, the risk of isolation, oppression and abuse, and the continuing political struggle to establish and protect the rights of the individual.

Paul Williams has over 40 years' experience of working with people with learning difficulties. He was a founder member of the organisation 'Values into Action' which campaigned for rights, inclusion and community-based services for people with learning difficulties. He is co-author of books on self-advocacy and anti-oppressive practice. A former lecturer in social work at the University of Reading, he is now retired.

Michelle Evans has 14 years of practice in all areas of sensory need, including Deaf/deafness, visual impairment and Deafblindness. She has a first class honours degree in social work and has worked as a care manager in adult services and a social worker in children's services. She has a particular interest in methods of social research which contribute to raising sensory awareness in social work/ care management. She lectures social work students at London South Bank University and develops and delivers sensory awareness training to practitioners and managers.

Who are 'people with learning difficulties'?
The importance of values: A historical account
Policy and Legislation
The role of the social worker
Working with Children and Families
Working with Adults
Assessment, Planning and Evaluation
Communication and Sensory Needs
Advocacy and Empowerment
Internet resources
Appendix 1 Professional Capabilities
Appendix 2 Subject Benchmark for Social Work

A fantastic resource highly recommended

Ms Jules Goodger
Social Work Department, Havering College of FE and HE
November 13, 2013

Sound additional reading for tutees on placement

Mr Courtney Jones
ASS, Bedfordshire University
September 2, 2013

This is a comprehensive account of social work practice in this area with some useful exercises for students.

Ms Alex Summer
Social Work, Sunderland University
August 30, 2013

As is the case with other books in the Learning Matters series, this is a useful text as an introduction to this service user group. Students are encouraged to make links with practice and provided with resources for further detailed reading.

Ms Debbie Brown
School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
August 5, 2013

This book offers a starting point to the subject. Its range is suited to level 4 students and those new to the subject.

Dr Martin Partridge
Faculty of Health , Staffordshire University
June 27, 2013

Useful for students for a particular module who select a vulnerable group of their choice and have to research best practice.

Mrs Nicola Meek
Services To People, Merthyr Tydfil College
June 20, 2013

good text that has a range of information to support students learning.

Ms Allison Dunhill
Centre For Educational Studies, University of Hull
June 17, 2013

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