In this book people tell their stories of positive social work and the difference it has made to their lives. The book was inspired by the belief that we can learn more from what goes right than what goes wrong. Follow the stories in each chapter to read about good practice, to reflect on the lessons learned, and to feel uplifted by social work's potential for positive change and social justice. Other key features include:
" Case examples from a wide range of service user groups, including people with mental health problems, disabilities, parenting difficulties, those living in care, those experiencing loss and other life transitions.
" Commentaries that unpack the core themes and issues from each example in order to understand the experience and learn from it.
" Examples of how social work students have contributed to positive change in the lives of service users.
" A strong grounding in the ethical guidelines and skills base required of all social work practice.
This important book will be valuable reading for all undergraduate social work students and will also be useful for qualified social workers, service users and carers.
Mark Doel is based at the Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University. Lesley Best is based at the School of Health, University of Northampton.
|f003 "I have to be frank, when I volunteered my story I was sceptical about what difference telling it could make. But now I am convinced.|
|"When people see me they think 'physical disability', but actually it's my mental health"|
|"She gave space for me to talk about my situation from my point of view"|
|"At one point she took over marvellously, but It's OK because I feel in charge"|
|"Even in really bad rain she'd come here to do the forms"|
|"You wouldn't have thought it was a children's home - it had a lounge, it had a dining room, the plates weren't green"|
|"I'd heard 'The-Day-We-Picked-You-Up-From-The-Social-Workers' story, but never anything about 'The-Night-That-I-Was-Born'|
|"I instantly felt as though I was being listened to and that I had a chance of being seen as normal"|
|"Social workers are very much needed - desperately"|
|"I thought social workers took children away, but they listen ... I don't think I would have got through the last two years without them'|
|"Then two years ago my social worker changes... my relationship has changes beyond belief"|
|Nina muses that it is a matter of luck as to who [which social worker] you get.|