The gap between the theory and the practice of working with Black and minority ethnic groups presents an ongoing conundrum for social work. This exciting textbook presents a new theory based on a rich understanding of the constraints and creativities of practice.
Taking a transformative approach, this accessible textbook presents evidence from both academics and practitioners. Contributions draw on real-life practice scenarios and present case studies to illustrate the many dimensions of working in a diverse society, encouraging students and practitioners to form innovative solutions to service delivery.
Covering practice themes including risk, co-production, interpreting, multi-disciplinary working and personalisation, this is vital reading for all students in social work, and practitioners undertaking continuing professional development.
Charlotte Williams OBE is Professor of Social Work and Deputy Dean at RMIT University, Australia. She is a professionally qualified social worker with over 25 years of experience in social work education in the UK.
Mekada J. Graham is Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work, California State University Dominguez Hills. Her scholarly works focus on social work theory, childhood and oppression studies.
Part I: Theory and practice;
Building Transformative Practice: What does the theory say? ~ Charlotte Williams and Mekada Graham;
‘Pushing theory’: Critical cultural competence in social work practice: case example from Northern Ireland ~ Chaitali Das and Julia Ahmed;
Part II: Practice themes;
Risk and Safety: The Strengths-based Approach in Child Protection with Black and Minority Ethnic Families ~ Claudia Bernard & Dawn Haughton;
Personalisation and older people from minority ethnic groups ~ Nicola Moran;
Narrative and Story-telling in Assessment : An example of work with Muslim youth ~ Lena Robinson and Rafik Gardee;
Interpreting: One size fits all? English language an essential component of social work? ~ Sian Lucas;
Multi-Disciplinary working: Working with cultural diversity: lessons from mental health practice ~ Frank Keating & Stefan Brown;
Co-Production: Working alongside refugees and asylum seekers: ‘Popular’ social work in action in Britain ~ Michael Lavalette and Rhetta Moran;
Consultation and civic participation ~ Charlotte Williams and Tue Hong Barker;
Outreach: Care experiences amongst Gypsy/Traveller families ~ Dan Allen and Sarah Cemlyn;
Intellectual Disability, Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity ~ Raghu Raghavan;
Self care and Social Work ~ Charlotte Williams and Mekada Graham;
Evaluation: serious case reviews and anti-racist practice ~ Kish Bhatti Sinclair;
Conclusion: Emergent theory for practice ~ Charlotte Williams and Mekada Graham.
"A really interesting collection that looks in some depth at social work with BME individuals and communities. It is very diverse, allowing for some excellent practice-based contributions on quite specialist topics."Jonathan Scourfield, Cardiff University
"An accessible, informed and critical exploration of social work with Black and minority ethnic groups. It is a valuable addition to the literature in promoting innovative approaches to good practice." Laura Penketh, Liverpool Hope University
"If you only buy one book this year, make it this one. Its wide-ranging reach offers a new paradigm for social work - one that places diversity at its heart, in a new vision of embedded transformatory practice." Professor Viviene Cree, University of Edinburgh
"This edited text offers a breadth of knowledge and literature on this subject, informed by chapters skilfully constructed by experts in the field." Jim Campbell, University College Dublin
"Exploring the complexity of anti-racist, and race equality practice, this book is essential reading for all those interested in transformatory practice with black and minority ethnic groups." Alastair Christie, University College Cork