The organization of social work, and social welfare more generally, is changing radically as we move into the 21st century. This book describes how social work teams can respond to social problems in a way that both deals with immediate need and helps build community capacity. The authors recognise the need to respond appropriately to crisis where vulnerable children and adults are at risk, but argue that an inappropriate response can compound and perpetuate people's problems. They suggest that social care organizations need to go beyond operating as aid agencies focusing on the needs of individuals, and should increase their development capacity by working with other agencies and citizens to make communities more supportive and inclusive for vulnerable and excluded people.
GERRY SMALE is Director of Development at the National Institute of Social Work and Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton. He has carried out staff and management development programmes and consultancies throughout the UK and in the US. He is currently working with young people who are developing their own services. GRAHAM TUSON is Director of the Diploma in Social Work Programme at Southampton University. A qualified social worker with wide-ranging experience, he has spent much of his professional life in social work education focusing on the development of practice theory and interactional skills training. DAPHNE STATHAM became Director of the National Institute for Social Work following nearly 20 years in social work education. Throughout her career she has maintained contact with practice through voluntary work on women's issues. Her writing has concentrated on women and, more recently, on the future shape of personal support and services. She is the author, with Jalna Hanmer, of Women and Social Work (second edition).AE(00): Consultant Editor: JO CAMPLING