Critical Social Work with Children and Families

Theory, Context and Practice

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This fully-updated, accessible textbook considers the theory and practice of critical social work in addressing inequality and social injustice. It is essential reading for students, educators and practitioners of child and family social work.

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In dealing with individual problems and difficulties, critical social work (CSW) is an emancipatory practice which seeks to address social injustice. In this book the author draws on almost 40 years’ experience as a social worker to consider CSW in core areas of practice with children and families.

Fully updated to cover the impact of austerity, Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic and cost of living crisis, this accessible textbook is essential reading for students, educators and practitioners of child and family social work. It features:

• clearly signposted ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ sections;

• over 10 case studies including those drawn from the author’s experience;

• end of chapter ‘Key points’ summaries;

• further reading suggestions.

With expanded coverage of race and intersectionality, contextual safeguarding and critical child protection, the book champions the development of resilient social workers working towards a more just and equal world.

Steve Rogowski practiced as a social worker mainly with children and families across five decades and has published widely in a variety of social work and social policy journals and magazines.

He is now an independent scholar with three published books on social work: Social Work: The Rise and Fall of a Profession? Second Edition (2020): Social Work with Children and Families: Reflections of a Critical Practitioner (2016); and Critical Social Work with Children and Families: Theory, Context and Practice, First Edition (2013).

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