10: Binding our learning together and looking forward

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In this book, we offer a framework as one ‘constant’ in terms of a frame for critical ART to:

  • recognise social work as a duality of support and protection that should be at the forefront, irrespective of the method or practice approach used;

  • emphasise the important temporality of life events and transitions;

  • commit to an ultimate goal of achieving health and wellbeing for individuals, families, groups and communities;

  • automatically consider intergenerational relations at individual, family, community and social levels in our interventions;

  • take an approach based on civic engagement and partnership, which assumes that whatever work is being done is carried out by co-citizens, each with a part to play in the process.

To bind together the learning from this book, and to identify ways forward, we begin this chapter with a commentary under the theme of ‘critical ART’. We then reflect back on the framework to provide signposts of how to develop our framework, and how social workers can be leaders in this regard. We end with final reflections and acknowledgements, setting out some signposts as to the direction for our own future learning.

We have put forward the idea of critical ART to bring together the core practices of analysis, reflection and thinking to make connections between your practice context and the knowledge that informs this. The following sections provide some final illustrative commentary. In sum, we have argued that critical analysis will allow a balanced appraisal, using a defined approach to collecting evidence to support this. It also helps to weigh up the potential and limits of different approaches in line with the aims and objectives of service delivery and support.

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