Social Work with People with Learning Difficulties

Overview

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 is driven by the government White Paper 'Valuing People' (2001), which declared some radical aims for services with people with learning difficulties. This second ...

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Overview

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 is driven by the government White Paper 'Valuing People' (2001), which declared some radical aims for services with people with learning difficulties. This second edition provides an up-to-date overview of the progress and successes of this White Paper, while using case studies and activities to draw out the key points and to reinforce learning. It also provides summaries of contemporary research, suggestions for further reading and current government guidance and policy documents.

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446267578
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/15/2013
  • Series: Transforming Social Work Practice Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Williams has 40 years' experience of working with people with learning difficulties and was a founder member of the organisation "Values into Action" which campaigns on behalf of people with learning difficulties. He co-authored a book on self-advocacy and has been involved in the development of citizen advocacy in the UK. From 1991 to 2007 he was a Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Reading, where he taught working with people with learning difficulties and anti-oppressive practice. 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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction ix

1 Who are 'people with learning difficulties'? 1

2 The importance of values: a historical account 17

3 The role of the social worker with people with learning difficulties 36

4 A life-stage perspective on needs 57

5 Assessment, planning and evaluation 76

6 Risk, protection and advocacy 104

7 Empowerment 125

Conclusion 145

Internet resources 147

References 151

Index 167

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