Now more than ever, social workers face the crucial challenge of balancing the need to be effective and evidence-based, while seeking to promote more critical and emancipatory change. Against a backdrop of the global economic recession which has led to severe constraints on welfare spending, the debate in the aftermath of the death of Peter Connelly, social work in England, the other parts of the UK and elsewhere has found subject to intense media inquiry and political scrutiny. In England, this has resulted in the Social Work Reform Board (the government body appointed to review professional standards) devising a new professional capabilities framework. The framework includes requirements for social workers to have a good knowledge of the social sciences and practice intervention. It is therefore vitally important to revisit the theoretical knowledge base underpinning practice, and to review and update a range of social work methods and models.
Against this challenging backdrop the second editions of this best-selling text has taken shape, Social work models, methods and theories assists undergraduate, postgraduate and post-qualifying students, lecturers, practitioners, service users and carers, policy makers - anyone who seeks to understand social work. Uniquely, it:
- offers a systematic examination of different methods, models and practice theories by a range of respected academics and practitioners, several of them renowned world authorities
sets these ideas in a clear and accessible framework of practice in changing political, economic and social contexts
- considers future developments in an international context influenced by themes such as critical social work, research minded practice and emerging political trends
Now thoroughly reviewed, updated and extended, it is 'an important contribution to literature... the chapters are scholarly and accessible and will prove invaluable as both an introduction to the field and as a resource for the more experienced practitioner'. Professor Nigel Parton, writing in the preface to the 2012 edition.
By contextualizing current practice and organizational dilemmas, it aims to:
- make a contribution, both to the education and training of social workers as well as to their continuing professional development
- create the conditions for critical thinking and critical reflection
- provide the basis for finding more creative solutions to society's problems - solutions that balance effectiveness with a commitment to social justice