This book is a practical analysis of the theory and policy frameworks underpinning community work today, highlighting the importance of anti-oppressive practice and cross-cultural awareness for effective engagement in community settings. Founded upon the views and experiences of community practitioners from a wide range of professional contexts and using case studies, guidelines and exercises to enhance its main messages, the text offers students and professionals a range of strategies for successful practice in a community context.
Essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate social work students as well as practitioners in the field.
PART ONE: Understanding the Debates
A Historical Perspective
Where Are We Now?
PART TWO: Doing Work In and With Communities
Working In and With Communities
Partnering the Community
Difference and Diversity in Communities
Dilemmas and Conflict in Community Working
PART THREE: Tools for Practice
Practice in The Community
Tools for Working with Communities
Evaluating Community Work