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.

Social Work

Social work


Social work is a range of practices associated with a profession (that is, a recognised occupational group) and informed by a discipline (that is, an organised body of knowledge, research, skill and values). Social work practice in any particular nation is adapted to conform with a legal, political, and social mandate in that country to provide services mostly to people considered to need help to manage deprivation, poverty and unfortunate life circumstances. Social work contributes to ‘social care’, a term used in the UK to refer to services led by social work disciplines; other countries call these ‘social services’. Social care is in turn part of a broader range of services that have the objective of improving well-being, including education, healthcare, housing ...

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