Introducing Social Work
March 2009, Polity
This work will affirm the valuable contribution social workers can make to human wellbeing and demonstrate how the promise and potential of social work can be, and is, realized.
Introducing Social Work.
Chapter One: What is Social Work?.
Chapter Two: Working with Children, Young People and their Families: Child Saviour or Child Snatcher?.
Chapter Three: Working with Older People: Market-Driven Facilities or Universal Services?.
Chapter Four: Disabled People: Human Tragedies or Disabling Societies?.
Chapter Five: Mental Ill Health: Care in Institutions or the Community?.
Chapter Six: Homeless People: Independence or Social Neglect?.
People Who Misuse Substances: Addictions or Responses to Difficult Life Circumstances and Relationships?.
Offending Behaviour: and Working with Offenders: Rehabilitation or Warehousing?.
Disaster Interventions: Immediate Relief or Long-Term Reconstruction?.
Universal Services for All or Residual Services for the Few?.
- Written by one of the very few top social work academics in the
UK whose work is internationally renowned.
- Covers all user groups (from young offenders to the elderly and
immigrant groups) as well as looking at important themes that shall
become of ever greater relevance to social workers ,such as
- Ideal as a primer to introduce those interested in becoming
social workers or about to start their course to the central issues
of social work practice.
- In a departure from her usual style, Dominelli writes extremely clearly and accessibly bringing the rigour of her scholarly background within the reach of all.
Katherine van Wormer, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls
"Lena Dominelli has done it again. Already amongst the most
widely read of social work authors, and with an international
reputation, Professor Dominelli has written perhaps her most
accessible book to date. Let us hope that it helps to attract many
more people to the public service ethos of a much maligned and
undervalued, yet critically important profession."
Audrey Mullender, Ruskin College
"This book provides an interesting introduction to the nature of social work and the different settings in which it is practised. It provides a useful update on the changing social work landscape in the UK, but Dominelli also draws on her extensive international experience to expand the vision for social work developments in the UK."
Karen Lyons, London Metropolitan University