The Blackwell Companion to Social Work by Martin Davies

By Martin Davies

Fully revised and restructured, this clean variation deals scholars and trainee social employees an incisive and authoritative advent to the topic. in addition to solely new sections on thought and perform, the specialist contributions that have formed the companion’s top recognition were up to date and now comprise leading edge standalone essays on social paintings theory.

  • Comprehensively transformed new version comprising six substantive sections protecting crucial themes for trainee social employees – in impact, six books in one
  • Includes an in depth advent and chapters through top specialists at the concentration and function of social work
  • Provides a unified textbook for trainees and a useful expert reference volume
  • Features a wealth of recent fabric on idea and perform along distinct expositions of the social and mental framework, phases within the human existence cycle, and the targets and center parts of social work
  • Each bankruptcy lists 5 key issues to recollect, questions for dialogue, and suggestions for extra reading

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International comparisons make it evident that there is no ‘right answer’ to the questions of who should provide social work services, and of what kind. In many European countries, social workers are state employees with wide responsibilities in relation to employment and social insurance. In contrast, social services in Australia rest firmly with the voluntary sector and in the United States, most qualified social workers are either self-employed or working for private agencies as counsellors and therapists.

Surely, social welfare is one of those rare topics which closes rather than widens political differences? Who could be against the proposition that help should be offered to those who need it the most? Well, as this chapter aims to demonstrate, almost all the apparently straightforward ideas which these questions contain turn out, on closer examination, to be more complicated and more contested than a casual observer might have imagined. Far from it being ground upon which differences are merged, social welfare and social work have become policy and practice areas in which some of the most fundamentally different ways of thinking about society are fought out.

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