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What is social work? What do social workers do? Why is social work an important profession? Whether you are seeking a basic introduction to social work or are interested in social work as a career, this book will give you the information you need.This engaging and user-friendly text offers a concise and accessible overview of social work, and will appeal to anyone needing a quick introduction to social work as a discipline, including new and prospective social work students and their teachers, as well as the general reader. Among much else, it covers:the basics of social work practicethe theories and policy and practice frameworks used in social workcurrent issues facing social work todayexamples from practice with many service user groups, including children and families, adults, older people, disabled people and people with mental health problems, as well as specialist areas of practice.Ideal for anyone interested in a career in social work this text contains many student-friendly teaching features, which makes it perfect for the learning needs of students at all levels.

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