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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.

Theories and perspectives informing social work and social media
Theories and perspectives informing social work and social media

This chapter explores how recent theorising about social media and associated digital technologies apply to social work practice. Theories stemming from research in several social sciences disciplines illustrate that critical perspectives are drawn on which may inform both our understanding and use of social media. Critical perspectives explicate the unequal power and economic relations in societies and these extend into digital spaces and affect the rights of users across these contexts. Fuchs (2017), Lageson and Maruna (2018) and others are critical of the effects and limits of social media to facilitate participatory democracy, arguing that they simply reproduce existing social and political inequalities. In these perspectives, ideological ...

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