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Mapped against UK regulatory bodies standards, this book responds to new complex issues raised by social media. Joanne Westwood draws on evidence and contemporary examples from practice to contextualise developments in social media and outline how this has shaped social work practice in recent years. She unpicks the potential pitfalls and opportunities social media presents for individual practice, organisations and service users. After using the case study questions, quizzes and reflective activities readers will be able to confidently apply their knowledge of the 4 key issues: privacy, confidentiality, regulation, and professional ethics and values.

Summary and concluding comments
Summary and concluding comments

The statistics on the use of social media in society by all age groups illustrate that there is a year-on-year increase in the use of social media and associated digital technologies. Children and young people are using social media to complement their other activities, and parents are developing strategies to support their children’s capacities. Adults and older adults are also using social media to enhance and maintain their social relationships and to search and request support with their health and wellbeing, and all users of social media are developing media literacy skills to capitalise on the relationality and connectivity affordances of social media. The digital divide presents challenges to people in society who have neither the resources ...

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