Social Work: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | June 8, 2015

bySally Holland, Jonathan Scourfield

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Social workers spend their time trying to ease social suffering. They encounter the extreme casualties of social inequality: the victims of poverty, illness, addiction, and abuse; they work with abusers and offenders; and operate in the space between the State and the poor or marginalized.Social work is replete with vivid human stories: the troubled teenage boy who cannot settle in a foster home; the frail older woman who is desperate for social contact; the community seeking a way to tackle gang violence; the sex offender leaving prison; and the disputed territory of internationaladoption. Social work therefore holds a fundamental importance throughout the modern world.In this Very Short Introduction, Sally Holland and Jonathan Scourfield explain what social work is and look at its rich historical development. Reflecting international human stories of social problems and social work relationships, as well as the philosophies behind the practice and the evidenceabout what works throughout the world, they look at the various definitions, history, and debates about purpose and effectiveness, theory, and methods. Including wide ranging examples of social work practice around the world and within particular population groups, they reflect the internationalvariation of social work theory and practice, as well as highlighting all of the main controversies and debates.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Social workers spend their time trying to ease social suffering. They encounter the extreme casualties of social inequality: the victims of poverty, illness, addiction, and abuse; they work with abusers and offenders; and operate in the space between the State and the poor or marginalized.Social work is replete with vivid human stories...

Sally Holland is a Reader in Social Work at Cardiff University and Director of the CASCADE Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre. She teaches qualifying social workers on the MA Social Work and PhD students. She also carries out research on all aspects of children's social work. Before becoming an academic she worked i...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.01 inPublished:June 8, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198708459

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Table of Contents

1. What is social work?2. The politics of social work3. Social work with individuals and families4. Social work with groups5. Community social work6. Does it work?Further readingIndex