Rogowski’s 2nd edition of this bestselling textbook responds to the major changes to social work practice since the first edition published. It is fully revised and updated to include new material that is essential for students and practicing social workers today.
Taking a critical perspective, Rogowski evaluates social work’s development, nature and rationale over approximately 150 years. He explores how neoliberalism is at the core of the profession’s crisis and calls for a progressive, critical and radical changes to social work policy and practices based on social justice and social change.
This new edition is substantially updated to explore:
•the impact of austerity policies since 2010
•failures to realise the progressive possibilities which followed the death of ‘Baby P’
•contemporary examples of critical and radical practice
It also includes a range of student friendly features including chapter summaries, key learning and discussion points and further reading.
"An incisive overview of concerted attempts by neoliberal administrations to remake social work in the UK. Anyone seeking to map a socially progressive future for the profession needs to understand what has occurred in over recent decades and Steve Rogowski is a reliable and informed guide." Paul Michael Garrett, NUI Galway
“A sweeping socio-historical account of social work in the UK and how in recent years it has been (mis)shaped by neoliberal politicians and policymakers, to the detriment of service users.” Rachel Fyson, University of Nottingham
Steve Rogowski has practiced as a social worker across five decades, predominantly with children and families. He remains a qualified and registered social worker and an independent scholar.
Foreword ~ Ray Jones
Introduction: The Rise and Fall of Social Work?
The Beginnings of Social Work to its 1970s Zenith
Thatcherism and the Rise of Neoliberalism: Opportunities and Challenges
New Labour and More Neoliberalism: New Challenges and (Fewer) Opportunities
The Professionalisation of Social Work?
Managerialism and the Social Work Business
Neoliberalism, Austerity and Social Work
Conclusion: Critical/Radical Possibilities in On-going Neoliberal Times