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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Values in Social Work

Reconnecting with Social Justice

ISBN 9781137528322
Publication Date September 2016
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Reshaping Social Work

Principles of social justice lie at the heart of the social work profession. This book examines the current climate of social work practice and the challenges presented by neoliberalism. It puts forward a model for reconnecting with more traditional social justice values and doing the right thing rather than just doing things the right way.

Jane is a senior lecturer at the University of Dundee, where she has worked for approximately ten years. Her research interests were motivated by her twelve years' experience in criminal justice social work, and her observation that social work values were being eroded as managerialism took hold. Subsequently, her research interests have evolved into the exploration of a wider disconnect between social work values and practice, particularly in regards to social justice. She publishes regularly on these topics.

Jane is a member of the Editorial Board of Social Work Education: the International Journal, a member of the Management Board of Critical and Radical Social Work and is a regular peer reviewer for several social work journals. She is the co-ordinator for the Dundee branch of the Social Work Action Network.

1. Introduction
2. The Social Work Context
3. Them and Us
4. Current Ethical Approaches and Care
5. Connecting an Ethics of Care with Ethical Stress: as Easy as it Sounds?
6. Social Justice
7. Relationship Based Practice
8. Ethical Stress, Anxiety and Professional Practice
9. Conclusion.


This book will help students who feel that they don't understand politics, or that it is not relevant to them. It will also energise professionals who are struggling to maintain their values within the current context of social work practice and managerialism. I will highly recommend it to my students.' - Dr Mel Hughes, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Bournemouth University, UK
'I commend this text as an excellent discourse on the developmental pathway that UK SW has navigated for the past 50+ years and its recognition that we have become 'agents of the state'. Whether social work wishes to retain this uncomfortable status is ideologically challenged within an articulate and contemporary discourse.' – Christopher Penney, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Portsmouth, UK.
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