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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

PQ Issues, Career Development and Criticality
PQ issues, career development and criticality
PatriciaHigham
Introduction

Although drawing the book to a close, the discussion in Chapter 15 is a beginning, not an ending because PQ is a developing endeavour. The chapter discusses issues (academic levels of PQ awards, award portability, the absence of career ladders, the shortfall of social work educators and researchers) and opportunities (organisational collaboration, professional doctorates, consultant social workers and outcome evaluation). Finally, the chapter reiterates the theme of critical reflective practice by considering criticality in relation to PQ.

Organisational Aspects

The qualifying social work degree, registration, and post-registration training and learning (PRTL) are building blocks of professional social work, but successful PQ frameworks are essential for social work to become fully recognised as a profession. At the ...

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