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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Understanding Social Work

Preparing for Practice

Edition 4th Edition
ISBN 9781137497093
Publication Date May 2015
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Focusing on the challenges of achieving good practice, Understanding Social Work reflects recent developments in social work within the context of contemporary society, law and policy. This popular text continues to offer an excellent foundation for readers for anyone wanting a better understanding of the social work role.

Neil Thompson is a highly respected writer, teacher and adviser, with over 35 years' experience in the people professions. He has held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities, and is now a sought-after trainer, consultant and conference speaker.

1. Making Sense of Social Work
2. The Legal and Policy Context
3. The Knowledge Base
4. The Skills Base
5. The Value Base
6. Achieving Good Practice
7. Facing the Challenge
8. Conclusion
Guide to Further Learning
Appendix: Internet Resources.


The beauty of this book is that it focuses on the core, cornerstone aspects of social work which tend to remain constant and consistent. The 'tweaks' of the content and updating of references are beneficial and helpful, as is the expansion of the Guides to further learning, and the inclusion of more online resources and exercises.' Adrian Black, Associate Tutor, University of East Anglia, UK
'Neil Thompson has an extremely accessible style. This text will not intimidate students, even those who may struggle to grasp more complex ideas. It is very easy to read and the chapters are constructed in a manner that students can dip in and out.' Lisa Revell, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Hull, UK
'What I would say about the book as a strength is its straightforward and accessible style which allows Social Work student readers to quickly identify the main themes of early years learning and ease themselves in to what Thompson emphasises is a complex and highly professional activity.' Mike Shepherd, Lecturer, Robert Gordon University, UK
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