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.


RobinMiller and JonGlasby


Although partnership is an important concept, it has been described as a ‘terminological quagmire’ (Leathard, 1994: 5) and as an example of ‘definitional chaos’ (Ling, 2000: 83). Part of the problem is that the term can apply to a range of different relationships, including between:

  • professionals and people using services;
  • different professionals;
  • different organisations;
  • the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Although Leathard (1994) identifies 52 separate terms in common usage, many definitions focus on a number of underlying themes (Glasby and Dickinson, 2008):

  • The added value of working together (the idea that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’).
  • The idea of sharing or of reciprocity – with mutual risks and benefits.
  • A formal and ongoing relationship. Often, partnerships have an ‘agreement’ to bind them together and practitioners ...
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