This original textbook provides an invaluable introduction to the required core knowledge, values and skills in social work today. Within the context of critical debate about knowledge, values and skills, a highly respected team of contributors focus their attention on three key areas: social work with children and families; community care and social work with adults; and probation and social work with offenders. One of the most important and innovative features of the text is that it offers a practical tool for readers to identify and monitor competences. Knowledge, values and skills are integrated to produce a set of competences, the main components of which are then shown in practice as problem-solving devices against wh

Introduction: The Quest for Quality

Introduction: The quest for quality
AnthonyA.Vass

Social work and probation practice have always been in the news. Normally, their appearance in the media signals bad news. This bad news has been amplified by the numerous childcare inquiries which time and again have found social work knowledge and practice to be deficient and lacking in competence. In particular, ...

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