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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

Introduction: What is Post-Qualifying Social Work Practice?
Introduction: What is post-qualifying social work practice?

This book explores post qualifying social work practice (PQ) – the practice that takes place after qualifying as a social worker, starting in most instances (except for independently employed practitioners) with a newly qualified social workers induction as an employee, and then consolidation of qualifying level competences. PQ social work experience, supported by continuing professional development (CPD), leads to enhanced knowledge and skills within specialist practice areas. Over time, PQ social work may demonstrate practice expertise, denoted by leadership within the profession.

This vision of moving from competence to expertise within PQ social work practice is important for social workers. Social work is now a registered profession and a protected title in the ...

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