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What is the role of social work? What does it mean to be a social worker? What are the changes affecting social work training? Introduction to Social Work addresses these questions and provides an understanding of the knowledge, values, and skills requirements of professional social work. The author has played a key role in constructing the subject benchmarks for the social work degree and offers a reflective and thoughtful commentary upon training, education and practice. Written in a lively and readable style, the book captures the essence of the changes sweeping through social work and engages the reader in these debates. Key features of this book include: - Comprehensive content structured around the guidelines for training and practice - Bridges the gap between theory and real-life practice - Student-friendly features such as case-studies, discussion questions, further reading and a glossary This exciting publication will be a core textbook for trainee social workers as they progress through the qualifying social work degree, or as they begin their practice as newly qualified workers seeking to consolidate their learning. `The unique aspect of this book which distinguishes it from other competitors is that it is constructed explicitly around the key roles and benchmark statements...this book will offer something new and interesting to the growing field of social work education literature and is likely to be relevant to both students and practitioners in the UK and elsewhere' - Dr Caroline Skehill, Queens University Belfast

Specialist Practice
Specialist practice

Part Two is about specialist areas of social work practice. The chapters consider PQ's role for dealing with the uncertainties of contemporary practice. Chapters 49 address one of the book's specific aims – to encourage social workers to reflect on their practice and, through critical self-appraisal, to construct different ways of thinking about and doing social work.

Although limited space precludes separate chapters on issues such as drugs, HIV/AIDS, asylum and immigration, youth offending, etc., some of these are illustrated through practice examples. Chapter 4 portrays the impact of asylum and immigration on children and young people. Chapters 48 address themes of diverse organisational structures and values and relationships in specialist contexts, whilst Chapter 9 addresses globalisation and European social work models.

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