Social Work and Social Care Practice / Edition 4

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This lively and engaging book is an adaptation of the bestselling introductory social work book available in Australia. This edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect wider changes that have characterized social work training and practice in recent years. It offers readers an essential grounding in the knowledge, values, and skills needed for successful completion of their degree.

Key Features include:

  • Comprehensive content - includes discussion of theoretical perspectives, policy; assessment; intervention, the ethics and values framework; and practice-learning.
  • A student-friendly approach - includes case-studies, chapter summaries, further reading sections, and discussion questions.
  • A multi-professional perspective - recognises the experiences of all those working across the field of social care and incorporates service-user's voices.
  • Practice-oriented - offers specific guidance to overcome challenges and provides an effective framework for practice.

This authoritative textbook will be an essential guide to the challenges and concepts underpinning social work practice. It offers a flavor of what social work entails and engages with recent debates about the nature of practice. It will be an invaluable text for social work trainees, and will also be useful reading for post-qualifying students and practitioners.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761940623
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgements     xii
List of acronyms     xiii
Introducing the practice framework     1
What is social work practice?     1
The practice framework     3
The structure of this book     11
Social welfare policies and politics     15
What is social welfare?     17
Ideology and social welfare     19
Citizenship and globalization     21
Poverty and social exclusion     24
Personal social services     26
Change and social welfare in Britain     36
Chapter summary     41
Self, relationships, process and practice     43
Self     44
Understanding practice as a process     50
Issues in communication     54
Communication skills     59
Interviews and discussions     63
Relationships in social work practice     66
Chapter summary     74
Assessment     76
The value of a systematic approach to assessment     78
An approach to assessment     80
Practice example: assessment with children and families     87
Our own issues and assessmentprocesses     95
Community profile     97
Network analysis     101
Negotiating and sharing the assessment - a return to process     102
Chapter summary     103
Intervention     105
Building relationships and the purposeful use of self     107
Problem solving     107
Empowerment     110
Working with groups     111
Practice example: the Refugee Women's Group     115
Building community     119
Building networks     122
Engaging with conflict     128
Implementing a social mandate - working with involuntary clients     131
Providing long-term care     135
Chapter summary     137
Intervention and the organizational context     140
Social work practice and the organizational context     141
Working together with others     148
Case management and care management     157
Practice example: hospital-based care management     161
Records and report writing     165
Advocacy     168
Developing policy     174
Chapter summary     176
Placements and practice learning      178
Issues in placements and practice learning     179
Roles and responsibilities on placements     181
Beginning placements     184
Learning on placement     186
Teaching, learning and assessing in supervision     190
Assessment, evaluation and finishing up     192
Chapter summary     195
Towards ethical self-reflective practice     197
Ethics and values     199
An overview of ethical theories used in social work     202
Ethical principles in social work practice     205
Codes of ethics and codes of practice     207
An approach to ethical decision making     209
Conclusion: returning to the practice framework     215
Chapter summary     217
References     219
Index     233
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