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.




Convention dictates adopting some kind of definition and ‘official’ definitions at the very least provide us with a yardstick against which to measure departures from the norm. The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) and Skills for Care define supervision as ‘an accountable process which supports, assures and develops the knowledge skills and values of an individual, group or team. The purpose is to improve the quality of the work to achieve agreed objectives and outcomes’ (CWDC, 2007: 5).

Key Points

  • Supervision finds itself at the center of discussions about the future of social work (Munro, 2011). What goes on in supervision reflects debates about what is going on in social work.
  • Service user and social worker relationships are played out in supervision in the context of relationships ...
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