This is the first introductory textbook written for social workers to provide a critical account and discussion of the core knowledge, values, and skills required. Social Work Competences main purpose is to help its readers understand how to carry out the tasks and duties of social work in a reliable and efficient way. A well-respected team of contributors concentrate on three areas: social work with children and families, community care and social work with adults, and crime and probation and social work with offenders. Each area is covered in detail and helps readers to understand and apply some of the core requirements expected in each of these areas for competent practice. Social Work Competences is also unique in offering readers a practical tool to identify and monitor compentences--they are defined by stating the main components and indicators for readers to use as problem-solving devices against which their own understanding and practice of competences can be monitored, measured, amended, transcended, or improved.
This up-to-date volume will be essential reading for those either training to become social workers or existing social workers who would like to stay current with the changes required under statutory and professional codes of practice.
"In clear jargon-free prose Antony Vass gives a succinct and critical account of the causes of crime, which any student or lecturer will find a boon."
Antony A Vass
The Quest for Quality
Helen Cosis Brown
The Knowledge Base of Social Work
The Values of Social Work
Jane Dutton and Ravi Kohli
The Core Skills of Social Work
Ravi Kohli and Jane Dutton
Social Work with Children and Families
Community Care and Social Work with Adults
Antony A Vass
Crime, Probation and Social Work with Offenders
Antony A Vass
Competence in Social Work and Probation Practice
`[A]ims to clarify how competent practice emerges from the integration of knowledge, values and skills.... It includes fairly detailed discussion of core values, knowledge and skills, devoting a chapter to each and going on to make links with particular areas of work. Thoughtful cross referencing between contributors and extensive reference to research and other relevant literature promotes appreciation that competent practice requires integration' - Child and Family Social Work
`This is a welcome book for anyone needing an academic introduction to the competency framework and its application to social work practice....is successful in promoting the importance of integrating social work knowledge, values and skills as a means of achieving competant practice' -Issues in Social Work Education
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