By Brian Sheldon

The place did specialist social paintings originate from? How potent are social paintings interpretations within the lives of weak humans? A Textbook of Social paintings offers a entire dialogue of social paintings perform and its evidence-base. It moves a stability among the necessity for social employees to appreciate the social, monetary, cultural, mental and interpersonal elements which offer upward push to consumers’ difficulties, and the necessity for them to understand how most sensible to reply with functional measures. Divided into 3 elements: the textual content covers the historical past and of social paintings as a flow and career within the first, and social paintings equipment and ways within the moment. the ultimate half appears on the significant specialisms, together with, between others, chapters on: little ones and households formative years Offenders and substance misusers Social paintings and psychological overall healthiness Disabled humans Older humans supplying a finished advisor to conceptual and methodological matters in social paintings and containing considerable case reviews and examples, this booklet is an important learn for social paintings scholars, in addition to a priceless source for practitioners and teachers.

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8 The ‘People’s William’, 1944. Beveridge signing authographs after the publication of Full Employment in a Free Society. Source: Reprinted courtesy of Oxford University Press from the pre-war 19 per cent to 40 per cent – which were swallowed because the cause was seen as just. Another political hero of ours, Aneurin Bevan (Minister for Health), travelled the country arguing, persuading and cajoling a reluctant medical profession into signing up for the new NHS (see Foot, 1962: vols 1 and 2). We cannot resist this account: at a public meeting in mid-Wales he met the local Head of Obstetric and Gynaecology services who asked if Bevan was aware that he was ‘personally responsible for all the births in a fifty-mile radius’.

These gentle but rather large men broke one up in front of the official and suggested forcefully that it should be reclassified as ‘firewood’ – which proposal he happily agreed to while ‘legging it with quiet dignity’. Both men died in their midforties of pneumoniconiosis; no compensation was available. The Jarrow marches by unemployed workers from the north-east of England to the capital (650 miles there and back) won widespread public sympathy and support, and led to the setting up of shelters and voluntary welfare schemes along the route.

She ought to have that combination of authority and gentleness which wins respect and friendship and can stimulate to duty without giving offence. . She should not be an almsgiver, but a friend. (Loch, 1883: 5–6) This idea, namely of the need for individualized help (our next historical theme), meant that charitable and increasingly governmental bodies were induced to place skilled helpers in face-to-face contact with those in need of assistance. Thus, the idea of personal and family social welfare was born, and with it the now familiar title: A brief history of social work 19 The term ‘social work’ was first used in Britain at the end of the nineteenth century in connection with people who had a sense of belonging to a movement which aimed at social advance based on disciplined and principled forms of social action.

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