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.

Research and Evidence Based Practice

Research and evidence based practice


Research in social work is one way to find out if action by a social worker has had an impact (positive, negative or none) with a service user. Behind this simple statement lies a complex range of issues about purpose, beliefs about knowledge and the role and function of social work itself. Whilst research is often seen as an academic preserve, the UK has seen a rise in service user research (Beresford, 2000) as well as by practitioners in the statutory and voluntary sectors (McLaughlin, 2011).

Research involves the collection of data/information and its analysis or interpretation to comment on an intervention, service or event, in order to produce findings. It can be applied retrospectively (looking at ...

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