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What is Social Work?

What is Social Work?

Fourth Edition

© 2013 | 224 pages | Learning Matters
It is essential that social work students have a clear grasp of the history and the evolutions of social work practice. Now in its fourth edition, Horner's classic introductory text looks at how issues such as the Personalisation Agenda, the work of the Reform Board, and how the notion of a Big Society and the recent contractions in government spending have impacted on practice and education.
Introduction and core themes
The beginnings of social work: "The comfort of strangers"
Social work with children, young people and families
Social work with people with learning difficulties
Social work with people experiencing mental distress
Social work and older people
Formalising and consolidating social work as a profession
Current services, practices and issues
Summarising remarks and signposts
Appendix 1: Professional Capabilities Framework
Appendix 2: Subject Benchmark for Social Work
Appendix 3: A code of ethics for social work (BASW) values and principles
Appendix 4: Mapping services in modern social work and social care settings
Appendix 5: Time line of the development of social work
Appendix 6: Summary of recommendations from the Munro Report
Appendix 7: The standards of proficiency for social workers in England and the Professional Capabilties Framework
Appendix 8: Building a Safe and Confident Future (July 2009)
Resources and useful websites

For me, this book fills in the gaps for students, particularly in relation to the historical context of social work. It's really readable so definitely one I will be asking the library to order.

Mrs Emma Reith-Hall
Working with Children, Young People and Families, Newman University
June 29, 2015

Excellent beginners book for social work students. Highlights relevant knowledge, skills and values!

Mrs Tracey McVeigh
School of Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work, Queen's University Belfast
January 28, 2015

Very important resource for new entrants to social work courses. It clearly lays out the role, challenges and ethical dilemma relating to this complex profession. Students have told me that it has provided a good overview of the current social care task in the UK.

Mr Sean Brockbank
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
October 22, 2014

the data is hard to localize for singapore and the diversity is vast.

Mr Trina Tan
school of health science, nanyang polytechnic
September 18, 2014

Excellent introduction for students new to social work.

Mr Brian Khader
Access to Higher Education Humanities, Social Science &Teaching, the city of Liverpool college
July 1, 2014

The emphasis on the historical background is really valuable in this book and helps students to understand the developing social policy context within which social work is constructed. The appendices also help with this. I will be recommending this updated text to my students on the Introduction to social work module in September. recommended to

Allan Rose
School of Health Science & Social Care, Brunel Univ.
June 16, 2014

This book provides an excellent introduction to social work for entrants and enquirers to social work programmes. The focus on the English context does limit its use north of the border.

Mr John Sturgeon
School of Social Sciences, University of the West of Scotland
May 29, 2014

An updated version of essential reading for any introductory course in social work

Health Wellbeing and Family, Canterbury Christ Church
February 20, 2014

A very good read in relation to up dating us on the significant changes in social work practice and how to respond to these changes. It provided the students with a realistic view of what is happening in the field. The students used this book within their case study analysis and as a tool to clarify some of their observations of practice.

Miss Catherine Schumann
Social Work (North Campus), London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
January 3, 2014

Useful introduction to the Profession.
Helpful updates and appendices (e.g. Timeline of the development of Social Work)

Mr Colin Watt
Social Work and Advice Studies, Staffordshire University
December 20, 2013

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