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Introducing social work practice


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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:

  • Biography

  • 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 K113 Foundations for social work practice [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

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