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This book examines key sociological theories that have contributed to the understanding of the nature of social work, its organisation and delivery. It provides key sociological concepts and theories to help student social workers better understand the nature of their work and the social and political context within which they will be working. Taking a practical approach to social work, and focusing on the application of theory, the book also provides insightful discussions to important thinkers such as Douglas, Beck and Furedi, and how their ideas have direct relevance for understanding the risk averse nature of social work.


Social work in the United Kingdom is now undergoing a significant restructuring as the impact of marketisation and managerialism changes the delivery and organisation of social work and social care. These changes are also being reflected in the education and training of social workers as important moves are afoot to alter the relationship between universities who have traditionally provided the academic knowledge and employers who have focused upon the training to develop qualified social work practitioners. Increasingly students will be following a narrower curriculum which will require them to spend more of their training within employers’ organisations (Frontline, 2016). This model of training developed, for example, for teacher training has provided the template. Although initial research for the Frontline initiative is mixed, it ...

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