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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

Engaging with the Social Model of Disability
Engaging with the social model of disability

Chapter 7 begins with critical reflections on the role of social work and social workers' understandings of disability as it is important to set the context for discussions about the PQ requirements of social workers to work with disabled people. The starting point is what is meant by ‘disability’ and ‘disabled people’. The chapter suggests that PQ candidates will need to rethink and reconstruct their views of professionalism so that they are consistent with the social model of disability.

Understanding Disability

This is the fifth time that I have been asked to contribute on the topic of disability to a social work textbook. Each time my chapter has appeared alongside several others with titles ...

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