Key Concepts in Anti-Discriminatory Social Work


Toyin Okitikpi & Cathy Aymer

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  • Part One: Underpinning Ideas and Concepts

    Part Two: Implementation and Practice Considerations

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    The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from the old ones. (John Maynard Keynes)

    About the Authors

    Professor Toyin Okitikpi (FRSA) is a visiting professor at the University of Bedfordshire. He is a lay member on a number of tribunals including: the General Medical Council's Fitness to Practice Panel; the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, Nursing and Midwifery Interim Order Panel and the Mental Health Review Tribunal. He is also a member of Aventure (a social welfare consultancy group). His social work background is in work with children and families. His research interests include social work education; the importance of education in the lives of children and young people; refugee and asylum-seeking children and their families; social integration and cohesion; working with children of mixed parentage; and interracial/multicultural families and their experiences.

    Dr Cathy Aymer is a social work academic, working as a Senior Lecturer in social work in the School of Health Sciences and Social Care at Brunel University and the Director for the Centre for Black Professional Practice. Her social work background is with children and families. Her research interests are black students in higher education and black professionals in welfare organisations; professional responses to refugees and asylum seekers; social work teaching and learning; anti-discriminatory practice in social welfare; the experiences of young black men and professional responses to them; and diversity in organisations. She has published work in these areas.


    This book was inspired by encounters with social welfare practitioners, academics, teachers, health professionals and students from different disciplines. In different ways, they and we have, for many years, been grappling with the complexities of integrating anti-discriminatory ideas into our day-to-day practice. We would like to say a special thank you to Zoe Elliott-Fawcett without whom the book would never have seen the light of day. Many thanks to Dr A.S. Gandy for her help in editing the manuscript. Also a special thank you to Anna Luker, Alice Oven, Susannah Trefgarne and Emma Paterson for their incredible patience. Finally, thank you to Debra Okitikpi for helping with the editing and to Professor John Pitts and Professor Michael Preston-Shoot for their supportive interest in the project.

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