‘Hatton’s book is a welcome antidote to stagnation and moribund thinking in contemporary professional practice and readers will gain much from engaging with the concepts he sets out and the challenges he raises.’ Jonathan Parker, Series Editor Since the first edition of Kieron Hatton’s important book outlining many of the New Directions facing social work a significant number of changes and challenges have continued to have a huge impact on contemporary social work practice in the UK. From the second Laming report and the subsequent work of the Social Work Task Force, Social Work Reform Board and The College of Social Work, to the Reclaiming Social Work agenda and Munro Review, the context within which social work is practice has continued to change and this new edition unpicks the challenges, opportunities and threats facing the social workers of today. This book re-establishes an important contribution to learning from which students, their service users and ultimately society should benefit.
- Chapter 1: A framework for understanding contemporary social work
- Chapter 2: Social work, community work and social change
- Chapter 3: Squaring the circle – from the individual to the collective?
- Chapter 4: The voluntary and independent sectors: Communitarianism, the ‘Big Society’ and the potential for social action
- Chapter 5: Involving, integrating or ignoring? Service users, carers and social work
- Chapter 6: Developing new forms of practice: Professionalism, partnerships and social pedagogy
- Chapter 7: International social work: European and international reflections on the challenges to social work in selected European countries
- Chapter 8: Conclusion: New parameters for social work