‘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.

Squaring the circle – from the individual to the collective?

Squaring the circle – from the individual to the collective?

Achieving a Social Work Degree

This chapter will help you to develop the following capabilities, to the appropriate level, from the Professional Capabilities Framework:

  • Professionalism. Identify and behave as a professional social worker, committed to professional development.
  • Values and ethics. Apply social work ethical principles and values to guide professional practice.
  • Diversity. Recognise diversity and apply anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles in practice.
  • Rights, justice and economic wellbeing. Advance human rights and promote social justice and economic wellbeing.
  • Critical reflection and analysis. Apply critical reflection and analysis to inform and provide a rationale for professional decision making.
  • Intervention and skills. Use judgement and authority to intervene with individuals, families and communities to promote ...
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