Since a high point of professional optimism in the late 1960s, social work practice has become entangled in a crisis of confidence and of direction. It has been subject to a wide range of conflicting demands, pressures, and criticisms. A Crisis in Care? examines these challenges and their impact on social work practice. This volume provides an analysis of the political, professional, and organizational development of social work in Britain; examines the development of the knowledge base of social work and its historical roots; discusses the proposed changes of direction for social work which have been issued from the state over the last decade; and highlights issues surrounding the social and cultural diversity needs that social work has failed to meet, focusing on issues of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and disability. A book presenting a distinctive approach to the analysis of social work, A Crisis in Care? will provide stimulating reading for social work students and professionals interested in the historical roots and recent changes in social work in Britain.
The Comfort of Strangers
The Rise and Fall of Social Work
Challenges from the Centre
Challenges from the Margins
New Directions in Social Work