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.

Equality and Diversity

Equality and diversity


The concepts of equality and diversity are at the heart of Sojourner Truth's speech delivered in 1851 at the Women's Convention on equal rights in Ohio, where baring her breasts, she asked a curious question, ‘Ain't I a woman?’ This situation has more resonance with social work than is first apparent. Sojourner Truth challenged notions of equality that did not recognise and excluded her on the basis of racial and social differences – she was a black slave. In terms of social work the question is, who represents the metaphorical Sojourner Truth? Or, which people and communities are not recognised, marginalised and excluded by social work and why?

This chapter examines how the relationship between inclusion and exclusion is contingent on recognition ...

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