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.

Multi-Professional Working

Multi-professional working
Julie A.Lawrence


There are numerous definitions of multi-professional working. For the purposes of this chapter, multi-professional working is seen as collaborative practice which is the collection of perspectives, knowledge, skills, values and motives applied by a number of practitioners (Weinstein et al., 2003). This underpins the formation of more formal working arrangements such as joint working within a multi-professional or multi-disciplinary team. This is further enhanced by the fact that the team of individuals has different training backgrounds, but share common objectives and makes a different but complementary contribution (Marshall et al., 1979).

Key Points

  • Multi-professional working has become a key feature of social welfare across the UK since the late 1980s.
  • Clear governance arrangements are important for effective multi-professional working.
  • Organisations need a shared understanding and ...
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