Social Work

Series
Longman
Author
Kate Wilson / Gillian Ruch / Mark Lymbery / Andrew Cooper  
Publisher
Pearson Longman
Cover
Softcover
Edition
2
Language
English
Total pages
760
Pub.-date
June 2011
ISBN13
9781408244708
ISBN
1408244705
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Description

Social Work: An introduction to contemporary practice has quickly established itself as a leading and uniquely comprehensive introduction to the field. Essential knowledge and skills are examined with authority and depth, and key debates approached in an accessible, informative and engaging way. Underpinned by research and advice to make close illustrative links with practice, it stimulates interest and actively engages the reader.

Richly supported throughout with examples and real-life case scenarios, the text encourages the reader to adopt a critical and reflective approach. Furthermore, believing that social work exists to help people through complex and painful transitions in life, the authors set the relationship at the heart of social work practice.

This text is essential reading for social work students on undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes, newly qualified social workers and practitioners in a variety of settings

Features

  • Covers the five compulsory elements to degree-level qualification
    human growth and development;
    - assessment, planning, intervention and review;
    - law for social workers;
    - communicating with people;
    - inter-professional working
  • A range of in-text features including reflective questions, summaries, case studies with questions, closer look boxes, professional tips, further reading and websites, and practical activities  encourage reflection, engagement and extension
  • Chapters are directly linked to National Occupational Standards, to ensure students are learning from the most trusted source
  • National variations in social work processes and laws are integrated within the text to ensure students are kept up to date with legal issues
  • Companion website containing chapter-by-chapter links to further interactive, multimedia resources to encourage self-study.

New to this Edition

·        Expanded Contemporary Challenges chapter outlines the major changes in social work policy and practice since the first edition - such as the achievements and enduring problems for childcare and the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force report – and looks ahead to likely future challenges.

·        New Social Work with Adults chapter outlines policy in the area, as well as focussing on key issues such as domestic violence, personalisation, safeguarding and capacity.

·        Extensive revision to the Social Work with Children and Families chapter to take account of major childcare events such as Baby Peter and the latest reports and initiatives on child protection

·        Includes new material on safeguarding, specialisation, service-user participation

Table of Contents

Contributors to this book

Preface

Guided tour

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1 - Relationship-based and Reflective Approaches for Contemporary Social Work Practice
Chapter 2 - Modern Social Work in Context: Policy, Politics and Organisations
Chapter 3 – Contemporary Challenges : social work in the twenty-first century
Part One: Understanding social work
Chapter 4 - The Development of Social Work: Key Themes and Critical Debates
Chapter 5 - The values and politics of social work practice
Chapter 6 - Social Work Knowledge and Practice
Chapter 7 - Human Development through the Lifespan
Chapter 8 - Law and Social Work
Chapter 9 - Understanding and using research in social work practice
Part Two: Practice skills and practice theories
Chapter 10 - Assessment in Social Work Practice
Chapter 11 - Communication Skills
Chapter 12 - Planning and Intervening
Chapter 13 - Inter-professional Working
Chapter 14 – User Involvement
Chapter 15 - Informal family carers
Part Three: Social work in relationship-based practice with user groups
Chapter 16 – Social Work with children and families
Chapter 17 – Social Work with Adults: policy and practice
Chapter 18 – Social Work With Young Offenders
Chapter 19 – Social Work with Disabled Children and Adults
Chapter 20 – Social Work with adults with mental health problems
Chapter 21 - Social Work and Drug Use
Chapter 22 – Social Work with Vulnerable Older People

Bibliography

glossary

Index

Back Cover

'A key text, an excellent read, and highly recommended.'

Professor David Howe, University of East Anglia, Norwich

' this text comes as a breath of fresh air – by placing relationships once more at the heart of social work practice… whilst also meeting the needs of students in the context of modern social work education.'

Professor Adrian James, University of Sheffield

'not simply an introductory summary and tour of the field, but provides students with a clear framework and foundation for locating their practice through the rest of their studies, future training and professional careers ... This is an ambitious and very impressive book.'

Nigel Parton, NSPCC Professor in Applied Childhood Studies, University of Huddersfield

Social Work: An introduction to contemporary practice has quickly established itself as a leading and uniquely comprehensive introduction to the field. Essential knowledge and skills are examined with authority and depth, and key debates approached in an accessible, informative and engaging way. Underpinned by research and advice to make close illustrative links with practice, it stimulates interest and actively engages the reader.

Richly supported throughout with examples and real-life case scenarios, the text encourages the reader to adopt a critical and reflective approach. Furthermore, believing that social work exists to help people through complex and painful transitions in life, the authors set the relationship at the heart of social work practice.

Key features

  • Covers the five compulsory elements to degree-level qualification human growth and development; assessment, planning, intervention and review; law for social workers; communicating with people; inter-professional working
  • A range of in-text features including reflective questions, summaries, case studies with questions, closer look boxes, professional tips, further reading and websites, and practical activities  encourage reflection, engagement and extension
  • Chapters are directly linked to National Occupational Standards
  • National variations in social work processes and laws are integrated within the text
  • Specialist contributions on areas such as drugs, youth offending, social care, the law and disability
  • Companion website containing chapter-by-chapter links to further interactive, multimedia resources.

New to this edition

·        Expanded Contemporary Challenges chapter outlines the major changes in social work policy and practice since the first edition - such as the achievements and enduring problems for childcare and the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force report – and looks ahead to likely future challenges.

·        New Social Work with Adults chapter outlines policy in the area, as well as focussing on key issues such as domestic violence, personalisation, safeguarding and capacity.

·        Extensive revision to the Social Work with Children and Families chapter to take account of major childcare events such as Baby Peter and the latest reports and initiatives on child protection

·        Includes new material on safeguarding, specialisation, and service-user participation

·        Fully revised and updated throughout.

This text is essential reading for social work students on undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes, newly qualified social workers and practitioners in a variety of settings.

Kate Wilson is Professor Emeritus of Social Work, University of Nottingham.

Gillian Ruch is Senior Lecturer in Social Work Studies, University of Southampton.

Mark Lymbery is Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Nottingham.

Andrew Cooper is Professor of Social Work, University of East London and the Tavistock Clinic, London.

Each author has wide experience of social work education and helping students to integrate learning into their practice.

Visit the Social Work: An introduction to contemporary practice Companion Website at www.pearsoned.co.uk/wilsonruch to find valuable learning material, including links to interactive and virtual learning materials.

 

 

 

Author

Kate Wilson is Professor Emeritus of Social Work, University of Nottingham.

Gillian Ruch is Senior Lecturer in Social Work Studies, University of Southampton.

Mark Lymbery is Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Nottingham.

Andrew Cooper is Professor of Social Work, University of East London and the Tavistock Clinic, London.

Each author has wide experience of social work education and helping students to integrate learning into their practice.

Reader Review(s)

"This is a book that every social work student, as well as more experienced practitioners, should read and keep dipping into. As always, managers will also benefit, not least in order to remember where they came from."

- Professional Social Work

"This large book (760 pages) covers all aspects of social work and is an ideal tool for students and learning assessors alike…  I would suggest that the book would be a useful tool for any social work professional to pick up and use to gather specific information as it is user friendly and covers all aspects of modern social work."

 

- Rostrum


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