What is Social Work? (Transforming Social Work Practice Series 4th Revised edition)

What is Social Work? (Transforming Social Work Practice Series 4th Revised edition)

By: Nigel Horner (author)Paperback

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It is essential that social work students have a clear grasp of the history and the evolutions of social work practice. Now in its fourth edition, Horner's classic introductory text looks at how issues such as the Personalisation Agenda, the work of the Reform Board, and how the notion of a Big Society and the recent contractions in government spending have impacted on practice and education.

About Author

Nigel Horner is Head of the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln, where he teaches social work history, theory and methods, residential child care and ageing and older people. He began working in a London Borough Children's Home in 1972, before studying Sociology at Durham University. After a period as a Community Worker, he qualified in Social Work from Glasgow University in 1980, and thereafter worked in Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Fostering and Youth Offending settings. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Higher Education Academy.


Introduction and core themes The beginnings of social work: "The comfort of strangers" Social work with children, young people and families Social work with people with learning difficulties Social work with people experiencing mental distress Social work and older people Formalising and consolidating social work as a profession Current services, practices and issues Summarising remarks and signposts Appendix 1: Professional Capabilities Framework Appendix 2: Subject Benchmark for Social Work Appendix 3: A code of ethics for social work (BASW) values and principles Appendix 4: Mapping services in modern social work and social care settings Appendix 5: Time line of the development of social work Appendix 6: Summary of recommendations from the Munro Report Appendix 7: The standards of proficiency for social workers in England and the Professional Capabilties Framework Appendix 8: Building a Safe and Confident Future (July 2009) Resources and useful websites References Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780857256737
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780857256737
  • weight: 400
  • ISBN10: 0857256734
  • edition: 4th Revised edition

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