Social work with children and families is constantly in the headlines and social workers' decisions are subject to ever increasing scrutiny at all levels. This aspirational book supports students and newly qualified social workers and suggests practical ways in which they might thrive, rather than just survive, in practice. The book tackles the different challenges that students and practitioners can be faced with, outlining common pitfalls and how to avoid these.

Reflective questions are used throughout the book, ensuring that students critically evaluate their own practice. Case examples and case studies drawn from the authors' recent practice are included throughout the book to illuminate the realities of contemporary social work with children and families.

Working in and Around the Organisation

Working in and around the organisation

Key Points of Chapter

  • Social work takes place in a wide variety of organisations, each with its own value base
  • You need to find your ‘fit’ with an organisation
  • Multidisciplinary working is a part of what you will do in any social work role - to make this effective, you need to develop a specific set of skills
  • Your organisation needs to be clear about the types of situation that call for social work involvement
  • Meetings, meetings, meetings - are they all really necessary?
  • Foster carers - unique colleagues who should be valued and respected
  • The need to know how teams work and what your most effective role is within teams

Proposed Professional Capabilities Framework areas covered in this chapter

  • Professionalism
  • Values and Ethics
  • Diversity
  • Rights, ...
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