Since launching in 2003, Transforming Social Work Practice has become the market-leading series for social work students. These books use activities and case studies to build critical thinking and reflection skills and will help social work students to develop good practice through learning. Social workers need to have a sound working knowledge of intervention as they are often balancing complex and sometime stressful circumstances with the individual needs of the service users. Also, as there are a wide range of social work interventions in current practice, students will benefit from knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each model and approach. This book on effective social work intervention will help students apply and integrate this knowledge in practice, to critically evaluate different methods and to choose the most effective in any particular set of circumstances. Fully-revised to include new material on value-based practice and direct links to the new Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work, this second edition is essential reading for all social work students.

Mediation Approaches

Mediation approaches
Huw Griffiths

Achieving a Social Work Degree

This chapter will help you to develop the following capabilities from the Professional Capabilities Framework:

  • Professionalism

    Identify and behave as a professional social worker committed to professional development.

  • Knowledge

    Apply knowledge of social sciences, law and social work practice theory.

  • Intervention and skills

    Use judgement and authority to intervene with individuals, families and communities to promote independence, provide support and prevent harm, neglect and abuse.

It will also introduce you to the following standards as set out in the 2008 social work subject benchmark statement.

5.1.1 Social work services and clients.

5.1.4 Social work theory.

5.1.5 The nature of social work practice.

5.5.1 Managing problem solving activities.

5.5.3 Analysis and synthesis.

5.5.4 Intervention and evaluation.


In this chapter we look at mediation as an approach to resolving disputes, in this ...

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