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.




In the English language sex can be used to categorise biological or anatomical differences between male and female. However, there is no longer a clear binary between male and female, as babies born inter-sexed account for 2–4 per cent of all births and there are ever increasing numbers of transsexuals and people who identify as neither male nor female (Fish, 2006). Transgender is another example of individuals who challenge the sex and gender division of men and women. The term ‘gender’, as opposed to sex therefore, more appropriately defines what it means to be a woman or a man in terms of their biological, psychological, social and cultural differences (Scott and Jackson, 2006).

Defining sexuality is difficult as it is not a simple, singular, measureable ...

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