Social work in the UK has recently undergone its biggest change for 30 years. As new regulatory bodies are working to consolidate social work's professional status, a new training programme, now at degree level, expects increased in-practice learning. Yet until now, students have struggled to find resources to underpin their learning.
This major text addresses the new agenda and explores what social work is in the 21st Century. Structured around the framework of the National Occupational Standards for social work - and using terminology and concepts contained within them - the book examines how social work can make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities and argues that to really make a difference it is necessary to think outside the box.
The book provides all social work students with an introductory social work textbook for the 21st century with the main chapters following the six National Occupational Standards for social work. Each chapter uses a problem-based learning approach, beginning with a 'real-life' case scenario from social work practice and drawing on messages from theory and research. It includes a range of student friendly features including glossaries, summaries, questions, exercises, further reading and links to other resources and is written by leading authors in their field and evaluated in detail by a distinguished editorial panel.
Demonstrating social work's potential to be transformative, this book provides the perfect introductory text for a new generation of social workers.
"The strengths of this book lie in its integration of theory, policy and professional values with practice examples to give students that in relation to all the subjects they study the "whole" is more than the sum of the parts" Susan Martin, University of Southampton
"Good introductory text. Useful links to frameworks. Helpful enquiry based approach" Martin Hoskins, University of Gloucestershire
"A clear commentary with a good level of detail and content". Kim Holt, University of Bradford
"Always easy to read for students, clearly structured and particuarly relevant" Rachel Good, Staffordshire University
"Clear text with up to date information and contemporary case studies" Geraldine Graham, University of Bradford
"A fascinating and novel approach to social work's National Occupational Standards, bringing them to life with a skilful balance of detail and context. This book will make a difference to those who read it." Professor Mark Doel, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University
"This is a very useful book which I have recommended to my first year students".
Dr Liz Walker, University of Hull.
Viviene Cree is Professor of Social Work Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
Steve Myers is Director of Social Work at the University of Salford.
Making a difference; Making a difference: lessons from history; Making a difference in preparation and assessment; Making a difference in intervention; Making a difference in advocacy; Making a difference in risk assessment and management; Making a difference in your practice in your agency; Making a difference in demonstrating professional competence.