The SAGE Handbook of Social Work is the world's first generic major reference work to provide an authoritative guide to the theory, method, and values of social work in one volume. Drawn from an international field of excellence, the contributors each offer a critical analysis of their individual area of expertise. The result is this invaluable resource collection that not only reflects upon the condition of social work today but also looks to future developments.

Social Work Practice
Social work practice


In 1981, the National Association of Social Workers in the USA defined ‘social work practice’ as a professional endeavour, which aims to:

  • enhance the developmental, problem-solving, and coping capacities of people;
  • promote the effective and human operation of systems that ...
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