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.




The concept of finance underpins almost all aspects of social work practice, whether it relates to the amount of money allocated for the provision of social work services, the resources available to social workers to carry out their job, or the financial circumstances that service users and carers find themselves in. Social workers have often been in the unenviable role of having to ration scarce resources, but the current global financial crisis has brought into much sharper relief the financial context of the social work task. As Birkenmaier and Curley note, ‘while the concern about credit and assets may appear to be outside the realm of traditional social work, the ability of low income families to build good credit and wealth impacts on their ...

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