‘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.

Conclusion: New parameters for social work

Conclusion: New parameters for social work

The preceding chapters have sought to outline some of the key challenges, opportunities and threats facing social work today. We have examined the way in which issues of inclusion, inter-professionalism and internationalism have remained significant within social work’s agenda. Yet these debates have themselves been shown to be problematic. Inclusion, while a key emphasis in virtually all new policy and legal developments in social work/social care/health and education (perhaps surprisingly given the Coalition’s broader agenda) is a contested concept. Many people using services have raised issues about the adequacy of the frameworks developed to implement this inclusion agenda. They point to the way that inclusion is often framed as an agenda item by ...

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