The COVID-19 pandemic has shed fresh light on the ways that social media and digital technologies can be effectively harnessed to support relationship-based social work practice. However, it has also highlighted the complex risks, ethics and practical challenges that such technologies pose.
This book helps practitioners and students navigate this complex terrain and explore and build upon its multiple opportunities. It uses real-life examples to examine how practitioners can assess the impact of new technologies on their professional conduct and use them in a way that enhance public confidence and relationship-based practice.
The authors explore how digital technologies can support multiple areas of service including social work with children, families and adults, mental health social work, youth justice and working with online communities. They also consider regulatory questions and provide a roadmap for good practice.
“This book takes social work on a journey to critically reflect on the possibilities, risks and realities of digital practice and relationship-based approaches and how technology enhances these and gives us new insights into people’s lives. A must-read for digital social work.” Mark Harvey, Chief Social Worker for Adults, England
“This is a very timely and helpful book, exploring both the challenges and opportunities in seeking to use digital technology and social media to support social work practice and professional development.” John Devaney, University of Edinburgh
“Helps social workers to understand the complexities around the use of social media, both positive uses and the possible pitfalls and risks. A publication like this which seeks to address current issues and prepare people for the future is essential.” Fran McDonnell, Former Policy Manager at the British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
“Great social work practice will always be child- and familycentred, relationship-based and founded on consent, openness and respect. This book offers reflective and helpful ways for achieving that in digital context.” Yvette Stanley, Ofsted National Director for Social Care
Claudia Megele is the Assistant Director of CAFCASS and the National Chair of the Principal Children and Families Social Worker Network. She is also a Fellow of National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and was previously the Head of Service for Quality Assurance, Practice and Improvement at Hertfordshire County Council.
Peter Buzzi is the director of Research and Management Consultancy Centre and the Safeguarding Research Centre. He is also the National Research Lead for the Principal Children and Families Social Worker network’s national research and practice development project.
Introduction ~ Claudia Megele;
Social Work and Social Media Technologies ~ Jenny Simpson;
Social Media and Social Work with Children and Families ~ Claudia Megele and Sherry Malik;
Social Media and Youth Justice ~ TBC;
Social Media and Social Work with Adults ~ Sharon Allen;
Social Media and Mental Health Social Work ~ Ruth Allen and Peter Buzzi;
Communities of Practice and social media technologies in social work practice and education ~ Claudia Megele and Peter Buzzi;
Social Media and Social Work Regulation ~ Claudia Megele and Lyn Romeo;
Social Media and the Future of Social Work Practice and Education ~ Claudia Megele.