Sociology can help students understand why and how so many of the problems their service users face occur in the first place, helping them choose effective ways to communicate and make informed decisions on how their needs can be fully met. This book offers students a framework to explore how their professional responsibility to understanding sociology can be realised in every aspect of their work with a diverse range of service user groups including children and families, adults, older people, people with learning disabilities and people suffering from mental distress. The book takes students step-by-step through the theoretical grounding, what sociology is, how it is relevant to everyday social work practice, and what are the key aspects of sociological theory that need to be understood.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Sociology and social work
This book explores how sociology can be applied to social work. ‘Sociology’ and ‘social workers’ may be spoken about within the same sentence. They are strongly linked, and yet both sociology and social work are more complex than this. Sociology is an ...