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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.

Social work and social media in practice
Social work and social media in practice

Social media is part of a wider context of technological innovations which press on despite reluctance and resistance (Mishna et al., 2014). What can social work practice gain from this technology? What threats to our accepted and trusted ways of working with vulnerable and disenfranchised people do these changes bring? Social media is one element of the changes wrought by Web 2.0 technological innovation and these developments are rapidly changing the landscape of social work practice. We only have to look back a couple of decades or so to see how much working patterns have changed and developed as the multiple demands on our lives fluctuate. Technological changes and developments include ...

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