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.


TerryWilliams, DorothyCarter and members of the Forum of Carers and Users of Services (FOCUS)


A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.

A young carer is a child or a young person under the age of 19 carrying out caring tasks and assuming a level of responsibility for another person, performing a role which would normally be undertaken by an adult (Princess Royal Trust for Carers, 2005).

Carers do not always recognise that they are carers, having often drifted into the role because of a loyalty to their cared for ...

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