This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the center of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life.

Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.

This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.




Accountability means being answerable to others and is related to responsibility. Being accountable in the professional context means being personally liable or obliged to fulfil a duty to others. One takes responsibility for actions but one is held accountable.

Social work encompasses the core skills, values and characteristics that define a particular branch of knowledge and activity recognised by society as important to its general well-being. The public develops trust and confidence due to the activities of its practitioners and the state usually acts on behalf of the public via a governance structure which oversees these activities, usually through statutory legislation. Roles and responsibilities are aspects of accountability and governance and require clear clarification through role descriptors, expected activities and employment standards. According to Archer ...

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