A Contemporary History of Social Work

Learning from the Past

Terry Bamford

A Contemporary History of Social Work

Terry Bamford

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $40.95 ISBN: 9781447322160 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447322153 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
In this book, Terry Bamford challenges social work students and professionals to understand why social work has failed to maintain its position as a driver of social reform. Drawing lessons from the recent history of social work to identify how and why it has lost influence, Bamford looks forward to a new model of practice that places a commitment to social justice at the heart of the profession. The book also contributes to topical debates about social work education and the identity of the profession, encouraging critical thinking about organization models, practice content, and the meaning of professionalism in social work.
Contents
Foreword
Introduction
A brave new world: social work at its zenith
Social work’s ambivalent relation with professionalism
Child care and the loss of trust
Neoliberalism and social work practice
Education or training for social work
The evolution of radical social work
From mainstream to the margins: two case studies
The impossible dream: integration of health and social care
Social work and devolution
Social work in a changing world
Afterword: Rotherham and beyond.
Review Quotes
Ray Jones, Kingston University, UK
“An exceptionally well-informed book. Bamford’s commitment as a champion for social work and social workers weaves itself through a text which is a pleasure to read. Whilst looking back it is right up to date and points the way forward.”
June Thoburn, University of East Anglia, UK
“In this meticulously researched book, infused by his fifty years of experience as practitioner, manager, and policy advocate, Bamford prods, pokes, and throws light on some of social work’s recurring dilemmas.”
British Journal of Social Work
“This book is a treasure trove of wisdom based on the experience of living the history which it recounts.”
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