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Social Work and Disability


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Introduction PART I Perspectives: Understanding Disability 1 Lived Experience of Impairment, Disability and Social Work 2 Theories and Models of Disability 3 Disability from a Life Course Perspective 4 The Legal and Policy Perspective PART II Diversity, Inequality and Disability 5 Inequality, Oppression and Disability 6 Disability and Diversity PART III Disability and Social Work Practice 7 Communication and Engagement 8 Working with Disabled Children 9 Working with Disabled Adults 10 Safeguarding, Social Work and Disability 11 Collaborative Practice Conclusion Bibliography

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Peter Simcock is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Staffordshire University Rhoda Castle was formerly Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Applied Social Studies at Staffordshire University


Simcock and Castle offer a critical but balanced account of the role, function and context of social work with disabled people. The book is clear in asserting that social workers have an important and often positive role in the lives of disabled people. Countering some earlier texts which tended to be anti-social work and anti-professional, the authors make plain the barriers to enabling social work and the way the policy environment makes life challenging for disabled people and social workers. Optimistic in tone and practical in orientation, I would recommend it for practice and policy audiences alike.
Alan Roulstone, University of LeedsThis book is a very welcome addition to the limited literature on social work practice with disabled people. Its strength lies in linking a social model discourse with contemporary challenges for social work practice in this area. As such it "bridges the gap" between theoretical concepts and practice realities. It will serve as an excellent resource for discussion and debate with social work students.
David Mercer, Leeds Beckett University

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