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.

HIV and Social Work

HIV and social work


Three decades on from the emergence of HIV, there is still widespread ignorance about the condition. There are estimated to be around 86,500 people living with HIV in the UK, a quarter of whom are undiagnosed (HPA, 2010). There are around 1,645 children and young people diagnosed with HIV in the UK (CHIPS, 2010). Some of these people for various reasons are likely to come into contact with social workers. Non-specialist social workers, who have limited HIV knowledge, may be affected by the stigma that still surrounds HIV and the widely held misconceptions about the condition. This chapter therefore outlines basic information about HIV and highlights issues that people living with HIV face.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is defined as ...

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