This important textbook makes a timely contribution to international agendas in social work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. It examines how practitioners and student social workers can provide appropriate care across the lifespan (including work with children and families and older people) and considers key challenges in social work practice, for example asylum, mental health, and substance misuse. Drawing on practice scenarios, the book takes an enquiry-based learning approach to facilitate critical reflection. Its distinctive approach includes:
• use of the concepts of the Professional Capabilities Framework for social work
• key theoretical perspectives including human rights
• structuring of the text around the framework of the UK National Occupational Standards for Social Work
• student-friendly features including key questions and exercises
• a complete glossary of key terms and concepts
• examination of the UK policy and legislative context
It is informed by international research in social work with LGBT people
The book is essential reading for students on qualifying social work programmes and practitioners in statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.
"Provides a valuable introduction to this topic, while also offering ways ot engage with more complex debates about sexuality and social work." British Journal of Social Work
"A useful introductory text for students unfamiliar with the issues of LGBT people" Sarah Humphreys, Havering College
"A most impressive contribution to the field." James Morgan Brown Review
"This important, ground breaking book challenges social work with authority, knowledge and quiet passion. The application of values, law and international evidence to practice scenarios make it an invaluable resource for students, practitioners and lecturers." Paul Bywaters, Coventry University
"This informative international volume on how social work can address LGBT health inequities and promote positive social care outcomes, an emerging discipline within the field, balances micro and macro level points of view and successfully straddles human rights and social justice perspectives." J. C. Altman, California State University, Monterey Bay
"An outstanding and invaluable text for social work students and practitioners alike that brings together legal, historical, theoretical and human rights perspectives on sexuality and social work practice in the UK and internationally, and raises key messages from research and practice of relevance to a wide range of service user and carer groups." Paul Willis, University of Swansea
Julie Fish is Reader in Social Work and Health Inequalities at De Montfort University in Leicester where she has facilitated teaching and learning about social work with LGBT people for over a decade. She was commissioned by the Department of Health to produce practice guidance for health and social care professionals Reducing Health Inequalities in LGBT People which has been widely disseminated. She collaborated with Stonewall on Prescription for Change: the largest study in Europe of the health and social care needs of lesbian and bisexual women. She has written several academic articles and is author of Heterosexism in Health and Social Care.
Introduction; The requirement to consider sexual orientation; Theoretical perspectives; Children and families; Older people; Mental health; Disability; Substance misuse; Asylum seekers and refugees; Trans people in social work.