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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Doing Radical Social Work

ISBN 9781137308535
Publication Date February 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Reshaping Social Work

This is the first book to provide social workers with an applicable model for radical practice. Through examining the current state of social work in the UK and looking at the radical approaches that have developed over the years, this book explores some of the opportunities that exist for a radical social work.

Colin Turbett is Children and Families Team Manager for North Ayrshire Council Social Services, UK.

1. The Context of Social Work
2. Radical Theory
3. Finding Space for Radical Practice
4. Working with Children and Families
5. Working with Adults
6. Community Social Work in the 'Big Society'
7. Radical Social Work with Individuals and Groups
8. Prospects for Radical Practice: Survival in the Front Line.


Grounded in the realities of contemporary practice, this much-needed book shows how social workers can enact practical strategies that contribute to progressive social change as well as transform people's lives.' – Bob Pease, Chair of Social Work at Deakin University, Australia
'At a time when social workers are increasingly looking for alternatives to managerialist-driven practice, an alternative perspective is essential. Providing a wealth of ideas for radical social work practice, this book will be essential reading for practitioners and students alike.' – Mark Baldwin, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Bath, UK
'This timely book, with its emphasis on 'the practical and the possible', will help social workers to survive bureaucracy and burn out through creative practice, collective organization and an over-riding commitment to social justice.'– Helga Pile, UNISON National Officer for Social Care
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