New PDF release: A Textbook of Social Work

By Brian Sheldon

ISBN-10: 0203867963

ISBN-13: 9780203867969

ISBN-10: 0415347203

ISBN-13: 9780415347204

The place did expert social paintings originate from? How powerful are social paintings interpretations within the lives of weak humans? A Textbook of Social paintings offers a accomplished dialogue of social paintings perform and its evidence-base. It moves a stability among the necessity for social staff to appreciate the social, fiscal, cultural, mental and interpersonal elements which offer upward thrust to consumers’ difficulties, and the necessity for them to understand how most sensible to reply with functional measures. Divided into 3 components: the textual content covers the historical past and of social paintings as a circulation and occupation within the first, and social paintings equipment and techniques within the moment. the ultimate half seems on the significant specialisms, together with, between others, chapters on: teenagers and households early life Offenders and substance misusers Social paintings and psychological wellbeing and fitness Disabled humans Older humans supplying a finished advisor to conceptual and methodological concerns in social paintings and containing considerable case reviews and examples, this publication is a vital learn for social paintings scholars, in addition to a helpful source for practitioners and lecturers.

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This belief in the superiority of theoretically informed practice and the amendment of theory at the point of use to accommodate individual circumstances has long been an important test of the professional faith. However, general principles (be they ever so wholesome-sounding) which go unanalysed for any length of time tend to degenerate into clichés, and this is what has happened with this idea; the logical implications of the words have been drowned out by the congenial noise they make. We have many words and phrases in modern life which seem to have this effect of switching off the cerebral cortex, from ‘organic’, ‘natural’ and ‘fresh’ in supermarkets, to ‘community’, ‘needs-led’, ‘strategic’ and ‘excellence’.

In addition, below the visible iceberg tip of desperately sad, media-preoccupying child deaths and physical injuries is a mass of less newsworthy misery, emotional damage, neglect and lack of opportunity. Certain other developments have taken place, not directly regarding social work’s primary concern for people in need, but affecting our own ability to get our professional act together and to deliver effective services. Two are compelling; first, increasing governmental concern that social work should be an uncontroversially professional activity.

It set up community groups, literacy classes, and arranged free country and seaside holidays for city children: early practical social work in action (see Briggs and Maccartney, 1984). The principle of organized voluntary action assumes increasing prominence at this time. This loose collection of bodies and interest groups was aimed mainly at preventing claimants from exploiting charitable bodies by making multiple applications for aid. It formed itself into the Charity Organisation Society (COS) in 1869 and introduced the idea of ‘rational planning’ for, and the evaluation of, the practical effectiveness of charitable assistance.

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