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What Is the Future of Social Work?

Edited by Michael Lavalette

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234 x 156 mm

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    Social work is under unprecedented pressure as a result of funding cuts, political interventions, marketisation and welfare transformations which, combined, are dramatically reshaping the relationship between individuals and the welfare state.

    A wide range of distinguished academics provide a comprehensive analysis of the evolving challenges facing contemporary social work, reflecting on both the existential and ideological threats to the profession. As well as the chief practice areas of child protection, adult care and mental health, contributors also examine practice issues surrounding older people, neoliberalism, neo-eugenics and the refugee crisis.

    This book offers concrete policy proposals for the future of the profession alongside valuable solutions which students and practitioners can action on the ground.

    “Social workers face challenging times. What is to be done? Read this book, take up position, in and against the neoliberal social work labour process, and collectively engage!” Guy Shennan, Chair of the British Association of Social Workers, 2014-18

    “Creates a whole new category in social work literature. In a largely fragmented, ahistorical and technocratic profession, this book succeeds in reimagining the profession’s future, connecting the dots through the development of a holistic, well-informed and radical approach.” Vasilios Ioakimidis, University of Essex

    Michael Lavalette is Professor in Social Work and Head of the School of Social Sciences at Liverpool Hope University. He has published widely on radical social work and contemporary social movements. He is co-editor of Critical and Radical Social Work journal.

    Foreword ~ Peter Dowd

    Introduction: what is the future of social work? ~ Michael Lavalette

    Austerity and the context of social work today ~ Michael Lavalette

    Contemporary developments in child protection in England: reform or reaction? ~ Brid Featherstone

    The slow death of social work with older people? ~ Mark Lymbery

    Mental health social work: the dog that hasn’t barked ~ Iain Ferguson

    Learning disabilities and social work ~ Jan Walmsley

    Social work by and for all ~ Peter Beresford

    Anti-oppressive social work, neoliberalism and neo-eugenics ~ Gurnam Singh

    From Seebohm factories to neoliberal production lines? The social work labour process ~ John Harris

    Social work and the refugee crisis: reflections from Samos in Greece ~ Chris Jones

    Conclusion: the road to an alternative future? ~ Michael Lavalette