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.

Media and Social Work

Media and social work
Joanne L.Westwood


It has been well established that the media helps shape public concerns about social problems and specifically about the issues with which the social work professions contend (Franklin and Parton, 1991). Whilst social work is variously represented in the media as being about the protection of the vulnerable, social work is also concerned with promoting the rights and interests of marginalised and vulnerable groups (General Social Care Council, 2011 [GSCC hereafter]). Research in this field suggests that media representation would have us believe that social workers only protect, and not always very well (Franklin and Parton, 1991).

The ‘social work’ which is defined in media-constructed discourses, social workers will quickly come to realise, is just that – a ...

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