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Excellent! Every social work student should have one, 16 Mar 2014
Social work students and newly qualified social workers may discover that the reality of social work practice differs to what they may have imagined it to be. In addition, owing to resource constraints students aren't always offered their `favoured' placement area during the degree course. Barbra Teater has created an essential resource providing a broad view of the specific and diverse settings within which social work exists. Each chapter defines the context, theoretical underpinnings, a legislative framework and a case example. Each chapter also presents the benefits and challenges of working in a specific setting; this offers a valuable message that a continued awareness of policy and debate is key to understanding the journey of social work and the service users that it may seek to serve, within an anti-oppressive framework.
In her introduction, Teater states " acquiring knowledge is an infinite process; we are continually learning, gaining new knowledge and building upon existing knowledge." (p. 2-3). The significance of this is that a hierarchy of knowledge does not exist, which is creatively represented when considering the diverse group of contributors to this text.
This resource may also be highly useful to established social workers seeking an overview of a specific practice setting in preparation for a change of role.