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The right tools for the right job: Social work students learning community development

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Barron, Chris and Taylor, Brian J (2010) The right tools for the right job: Social work students learning community development. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 29 (4). pp. 372-385. [Journal article]

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The place of community development within social work varies across nations and time. The tensions in the 1970s in the UK gave way to decades when social work has been dominated by issues relating to protecting and caring for individuals. We now have a resurgence of community development activity, bringing together varied disciplines such as urban planning and health promotion as well as social work. Within the U.K. there are now requirements for community development knowledge and skills within qualifying social work training. This paper reflects on experiences in promoting community development practice learning in social work qualifying placements within Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland. Issues are raised about the diversity and complexity of expectations on qualifying training, and the challenges that face universities, colleges and employing organisations in developing practice learning in this curriculum area. The prospects for improving community development learning within both qualifying and post qualifying education and training are considered particularly in the light of inter-professional and inter-organisational initiatives that put community development on the context of health promotion, housing, crime, poverty and other social issues that might be addressed at community level to improve the health and social well-being of citizens.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Community networks; social work; education - professional; education - graduate; practice curriculum; community development; community work; Northern Ireland.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:16754
Deposited By:Professor Brian Taylor
Deposited On:04 Jan 2011 12:26
Last Modified:20 Jul 2011 14:05

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