This engaging and accessible text offers a concise overview of social work which will appeal to anyone needing a quick introduction to social work as a discipline. It contains essential information for all prospective and new social work students, the theories and policy and practice frameworks as well as current issues facing social work today. Illustrated with many examples from practice, it covers social work with many service user groups including children and families, adults, older people, disabled people and people with mental health problems as well as specialist areas of practice.
'A concise 'Lonely Planet' guide to contemporary social work practice' David Gaylard, University of Chichester
" 'The short guide to social work' provides a useful introduction/overview for Year 1 students." Caroline Lee, Birmingham City University
"Very clear and comprehensive" Leonne Griggs, University of Lincoln
"An excellent introduction to present day social work which does not patronise or compromise readers, or avoid dealing with the diversity and complexity of the tasks facing practitioners in today's world. Robert Adams should be congratulated for his achievement." Dr. Carol Lewis, Visiting Fellow, School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University
"This is a well-crafted book by one of social work's leading authors. It provides an excellent introduction to the field. I particularly welcome the emphasis on social justice. " Neil Thompson, Avenue Consulting Ltd
Robert Adams is Professor of Social Work, Teesside University and visiting Professor, University of the West of Scotland. He has written and edited many books about social work, including some best-selling titles, and has been an external examiner on qualifying social work programmes for more than 20 years.
Introduction; Part One: Preparing for social work: Introducing social work; Qualifying programmes in social work; Becoming a social worker; Organisation, legal basis and regulation of social work;
Part Two: Practising social work: Social work with children, young people and their families; Social work with adults and health-related services; Social work with older people; Social work with disabled people; Social work with mental health, illness and recovery; Social work with groups and communities.