- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 1. Approaches to social work
- 2 2. Extract 1: A brief summary of the four components of good practice
- 2.1 2.1 Introduction
- 2.2 2.2 The four components of good practice
- 2.3 2.3 Component 1: Knowledge
- 2.4 2.4 Component 2: Values and ethics
- 2.5 2.5 Component 3: Skills
- 2.6 2.6 Component 4: the social work process
- 2.7 2.7 Summary of Extract 1
- 2.8 2.8 References for Extract 1
- 3 Extract 2: Biography
- 4 4 Extract 3: What is social work?
- 5 5. Extract 4: Responding to children's needs
- 6 6. Extract 5: Social work skills
- 7 7. Extract 6: Social work purpose, roles, codes and standards
- 7.1 7.1 What must qualifying social workers do?
- 7.2 7.2 The key purpose of social work
- 7.3 7.3 Key roles of social work
- 7.4 7.4 What are the codes of practice?
- 7.5 7.5 Service user and carer perspectives
- 7.6 7.6 Conclusion
- 7.7 7.7 References for Extract 6
- 8 Next steps
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Introducing social work practice
Social work is a vital element in how our society cares for those in need. This unit...
Social work is a vital element in how our society cares for those in need. This unit looks at the meaning of ‘social work values’ as well as the different approaches to social work and the skills involved.
After studying this unit you should be able to:
- develop awareness of the underpinning knowledge relating to the key roles of social work;
- illustrate the application of knowledge, skills, values and processes through case study examples;
- demonstrate awareness of the skills required to build relationships with service users, colleagues and others through effective communication;
- introduce the social work service standards and codes of practice relevant to each nation in the UK.
Introducing social work practice
Ever wondered what social workers do? This brief introduction gives you some insight into social work practice and the theory which informs the practice. This unit is made up of a series of six extracts. You are introduced to the four components to good practice and will look at the importance of the following approaches to social work practice:
The social context of social work
Responding to children’s needs
Empowerment and advocacy in social work
Social work purpose, roles, codes and standards
We hope that this will give you a flavour of what social work is about and encourage you to explore further.
This unit is an adapted extract from the Open University course
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