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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

A very accessible and useful resource for students and lecturers alike.

Miss Julie Bywater
Social Work , Chester University
November 28, 2013

This book proved to be an easy read into social work for first level students and provides a good range of understanding to both undergraduate and post graduate level students.

Ms Ikedola Animashaun
Social Work, Brunel University
November 25, 2013

A very good book for students who wish to go into social work. Would recommend students read this as they will get a very good understanding to what social work is really about.

Miss Fatima Khan
Social Work , Hammersmith & West London College
November 25, 2013

Excellant reading for all social work students starting out on their programme of study.

Miss Jackie Yaskey
Social Work , Greenwich University
November 21, 2013

A very useful bok to make students think and question, good insights in a number of contexts with ideas and stimulation for discussion

Ms Karen Hillison
Department of Social Work, Hull University
August 6, 2013

This is a basic book for beginners of social work training and it is helpful in taking students through

Dr Jabulani Makhubele
Social Work, University of Limpopo
May 22, 2013

Very good material for Social Work approach when working with families.

Ms Hrefna Ólafsdóttir
Félagsráðgjafadeild, University of Iceland
May 14, 2013

This fourth edition builds on all the previous editions,but encompasses the relatively new Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).

This book is one that social work practitioners no matter how many years qualified or experienced one is, revisiting this text will undoubtedly rekindle to why you entered the profession and at times of dissolution, affirm to why social work is an essential ingredient to the fabric of society where deprivation and inequality is present to ensure the most vulnerable have a voice and an advocate to challenge.

Mr Robert Bielby
faculty of health and social care sciences, Kingston University
March 30, 2013

A very supportive text for student considering social work

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

Great introductory text for first year students on undergraduate and MA programmes

Mr Guy Kirk
Social Work (Coach Lane), Northumbria University
February 4, 2013

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