Action Learning in Social Work


Edited by: Christine Abbott, Paul Taylor, Steven Keen & Keith Brown

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    All texts in the Post-Qualifying Social Work series have been written by people with a passion for excellence in social work practice. They are primarily written to help social work practitioners in their day-to-day roles but they will also be useful for any social worker undertaking more formal professional development.

    As the books in this series are written by practitioners, they will also be of value to social work students as they are designed to inform, inspire and develop social work practice.

    We trust you will find this text of real value to your practice as a social worker and that this, in turn, has a real impact on those we serve.

    Dr Steven Keen and Professor Keith Brown

    National Centre for Social Work, Bournemouth University

    About the Authors

    Christine Abbott is an action learning practitioner, author and academic. She is an associate of the Open University, facilitating undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Christine is a partner in the Centre for Action Learning Facilitation (C-ALF) which is partnering with Skills for Care UK to support action learning in social work. Christine works internationally in both the public and private sectors and is the co-author of the qualification standards for action learning facilitation. Christine is interested in the development of leaders and managers and is a former chairman and current non-executive director and trustee of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

    Paul Taylor currently works for Southend Borough Council as a lead social worker for NHS Continuing Healthcare and ASYE Manager for adult services. Paul is also an associate lecturer for the University of Essex and an associate with the Centre for Action Learning Facilitation (C-ALF). Paul has a strong interest in emotional and social intelligence, transactional analysis and critical analysis and reflection. In his spare time, he enjoys training for and competing in middle- and long-distance triathlon and marathon-distance races.


    We would like to acknowledge the many social workers who contributed with their ideas and experiences of action learning to the writing of this book.

    Thanks also to Roger and Jess – our own personal ‘comrades in adversity’.

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