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Social Work Management and Practice: Systems Principles Second Edition

Sue Ross

The second edition of this key text renews its challenge to the established social work culture of managerialism and effectiveness, arguing that existing social work provision can fail the people it aims to support and protect. This second edition of Social Work Management and Practice: Systems Principles, which was first published in 1989, has now been extensively revised, and reflects the development of both systems ideas and policy implementation since that time.
The authors apply the latest systems principles to the practice and management of social work. Drawing on Gregory Bateson's work, they show how creative social work can bring about real and positive change in the ecology of people's lives. This edition contains one new chapter analysing the competencies approach in social work training and updates the family therapy developments, and contains substantial new material on management. This powerful and accessible book demonstrates how a systems-based approach can support people in using their own resources to make new and innovative responses to difficult situations.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Publish Date: Jun 1st, 1999
  • Pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Edition: - 0002
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 0.66in - 0.56lb
  • EAN: 9781853023880
  • Categories: Social Work

About the Author

Bilson, Andy: - Andy Bilson is Director of the Centre for Europe's Children at Glasgow University. He is involved in research, monitoring and evaluation of child care at national and international level.
Ross, Sue: - Sue Ross is a qualified social worker with degrees from St. Andrews and Oxford Universities, and a management qualification from Northumbria University. She holds a PhD from Keele University in Systems Change in Organisations. She is a Fellow of the British Cybernetic Society, an external assessor for the General Social Care Council and chair of the Independent Review Mechanism for Adoption for the North of England. She became East Renfrewshire's first Director of Social Work from 1995â "2001. As Chief Executive, she established Selby and York Primary Care Trust, one of the largest PTCs in England and Wales. In February 2004, she set up her own health and social care consultancy, interim management and executive coaching to local authorities and other public sector organisations. She undertook a number of interim assignments including Directors of Children's Services for two London Boroughs and a year as the Director of Social Services in Blaenau Gwent.
Praise for this book
In a context where the old monolithic services have been broken up and new organisations, such as primary care groups, are in their nascent stages, Bilson and Ross' book, which tries to get us out of thinking in a straight line and towards focussing on patterns and connections, is very welcome. This book will be very useful for both tutors and students on Diploma in Social Work courses, and practitioners taking on post-qualifying awards.--Community Care

Review from the first edition:

'The writers question many of the assumptions under-lying current social work practice, proposing changes not only in policy, resources and practice but also in the theories and language used to describe them.'

--Caring