Paperback: £18.99 / $29.95
2012, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 192pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-176-7, BIC 2: JKSN
It is important for practising and trainee social workers to have a full understanding of the work they do and its role in society.
This book provides an introduction to 'the essentials' of social work. Written from an international perspective, the author details the core theory, values and practice which unite social workers around the world. He covers professional standards, social work education and training and social work structures, and outlines a vision of the future of social work: where it is now, and what needs to be done to protect its identity.
This accessible text will be required reading for social work professionals and students.
16 February 2012
"In my opinion, social workers, social services and social institutions are characteristics of a civilized society in which human rights, social justice and democracy are conceived of as vital values and standards. Social work contributes to the quality of life of all citizens, social cohesion and solidarity, while on the other hand supporting the established order and relations in society. In academic circles this is sometimes described as the ‘double function’ of social work. This does not have to be a dilemma for social workers, as long as the established order is a democratic one, with freedom of speech and organization, an independent judicial system, separation of political and judicial powers, and respect for human rights."