Book Review: What is Social Work? Context and Perspectives

    Nigel Horner, Learning Matters

    ISBN 903300827, £14


    If you work or have an interest in helping others develop
    a good understanding in social work, social care or social welfare,
    this book will provide a well-referenced, and user-friendly
    introductory text, writes Vasalee Crawford.

    The book is “for social work students beginning to develop their
    skills and understanding of the subject in order to meet the
    requirements of practice”. It meets the needs of this group very

    The definitions and the historical analysis of social work
    perspectives are clearly documented. Horner has used his knowledge
    of the related law and practice to give a precise analytical view
    of historical developments of services.

    The three concise appendices, of which “Timeline for the
    Development of Social Work” is second to none, should form part of
    any student quick reference guide.

    Vasalee Crawford is a service manager for guardians’ body
    Cafcass and an NVQ assessor and practice teacher

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