Policy Press

A Practical Guide to Community Social Work Practice in the UK

By Colin Turbett With Jane Pye

Published

Sep 3, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1447370994

Dimensions

216 x 240 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Sep 3, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1447371007

Dimensions

216 x 240 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
A Practical Guide to Community Social Work Practice in the UK

There has been a rebirth of interest in bringing community back into social work, but what does community social work mean when applied to practice? What are the opportunities in a landscape dominated by shrinking budgets with their attendant procedural and risk-obsessed, assessment and care management models?

In this accessibly written book, Colin Turbett explores the erratic history of community social work. He goes on to demonstrate through contemporary examples how this preventative and relationship-based model can work for the individuals and communities served, and also provide an answer to the recruitment and retention issues adversely affecting mainstream settings.

Colin Turbett is a retired social worker and active author based in the West of Scotland, with an interest in radical practice. He is an active member of the Common Weal think tank Care Reform Group, and the trade union Unison Scotland’s Social Work Issues Group. He has supported various local authority initiatives promoting community-based practice, including that of Fife Council.

Jane Pye is a Lecturer in Social Work at Lancaster University.

Introduction

Part 1: Context

1. A History of Community Social Work in the UK

2. Community Orientation in Social Work

3. What is Community Social Work for the Present Era?

Part 2: Community Social Work in Practice

4. Community Social Work in Scotland

5. Community Social Work in Northern Ireland – Developments in Northern Ireland

6. Community Social Work in England

7. Community Social Work in Wales

8. Community Social Work Within Social Work Education – Jane Pye

Part 3: Looking Forward

9. Prospects and Ways Forward for Community Social Work in the UK

10. Practical Steps to Creating a Community Social Work Team