Social Work in a Digital Society

Social Work in a Digital Society

by Sue Watling

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Social Work in a Digital Society by Sue Watling, Jim Rogers

Since launching in 2003, Transforming Social Work Practice has become the market-leading series for student social Workers. Now the books have been updated to include the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work, making them more relevant to students and more integrated into social work practice. These books have a greater emphasis on current thinking and policy, and include more opportunities for students to reflect on the their own practice and study.

In today's society an internet connection is considered essential for participation in an increasingly digital society. This requirement is reinforced by the growing online provision of support and welfare services. However, unless the diversity of the service user's needs are taken into account, the technology that enables access will also deny it creating digital divides which further disadvantage those who could most benefit from inclusion. Bridging these divides raises potential implications for social work practice with its underpinning values of empowerment and social justice.

This book will be essential reading for social work students and practitioners who want a better understanding of how new, social and digital media interacts with social work practice and education. By exploring social work issues through the 'lens' of a digital society, the authors show how service users and carers can be placed back at the centre of professional and effective practice.

Using case studies and reflective activities from the authors' own extensive experience, this book directly addresses digital inclusion and exclusion to prepare students for practice in an increasingly digital world.

Sue Watling has 20 years experience of supporting access to digital environments in a range of areas, including Adult and Community Education and Social Services. For the past decade she has worked within higher education and watched with interest the increasing incursion of the Internet and digitisation of learning resources. Currently located in the University of Lincoln's Centre for Educational Research and Development, she supports the institutional development of inclusive digital content with a particular interest in raising staff and student awareness of digital divides.

Jim Rogers is a senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln in the School of Health and Social Care. He teaches on a range of modules on both undergraduate and post qualifying social programmes. He has been responsible for several years for co-ordinating the first year of the BSc Social work programme and has also developed several new programmes of study including a Certificate in the Mental Health and Well Being of Older People and a Best Interests Assessor Programme at PQ level. Jim's research interests are in the fields of mental health and also in complementary therapies.

The Series Editors

Professor Jonathan Parker is Deputy Dean for Research and Enterprise and Director of the Centre for Social Work and Social Policy at Bournemouth University. With colleagues, he developed the Centre of Social Work and Social Care Research and is former vice-chair of the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857256775
Publisher: Learning Matters Limited
Publication date: 05/12/2012
Series: Transforming Social Work Practice Series
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.73(w) x 9.69(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Sue Watling has 20 years experience of supporting access to digital environments in a range of areas, including Adult and Community Education and Social Services. For the past decade she has worked within higher education and watched with interest the increasing incursion of the Internet and digitisation of learning resources. Currently located in the University of Lincoln’s Centre for Educational Research and Development, she supports the institutional development of inclusive digital content with a particular interest in raising staff and student awareness of digital divides.

Jim Rogers is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln in the Hull School of Social Work. He teaches on a range of modules on both undergraduate and post qualifying social programmes. He has been responsible for several years for co-ordinating the first year of the BSc Social work programme and has also developed several new programmes of study including a Certificate in the Mental Health and Well Being of Older People and a Best Interests Assessor Programme at PQ level. Jim's research interests are in the fields of mental health and also in complementary therapies.

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