Anti-Oppressive Practice: Social Care and the Law

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This book is designed for practitioners and carers in social welfare services to help them make the links between the law and their work. It considers the ways in which the law can be used as an instrument of empowerment and provides readers with the opportunity to develop their competence in the knowledge, values and skills of using the law in relation to practice through a series of case studies and exercises. By weaving the threads of anti-oppressive practice and the principles which inform legislation used in the delivery of services in the social care field, the book points the way to a new practice that is empowering to service users and ultimately liberating for practitioners. It is a book which is accessible to informal carers, students and professional workers. The authors draw heavily on their personal and work experiences to understand the issues of power and oppression and how the law can be used to inform the development of anti-oppressive practice.

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"It is a well-researched book, supported by quotations from professional literature, from relevant documents and reports, and reference to pertinent statutes and cases...Jane Dalrymple and Beverley Burke have written a well-balanced volume, combining scholarship and research with personal experience, practical example and examination of personal values. It is engaging and interesting as well. I would recommend it as a basic text for practitioners and carers who are concernedto re-examine values underlying their work, and then to link empowering practice to the law." - The Trainers' Professional Voice. "The strength of the book lies in its strong focus on practice and in the emphasis placed upon making links between the personal and the structural, the individual and the collective, intellect and feeling. The authors succeed in bringing alive for the reader a sense of achievable progress through personal contribution." - Community Care. "...the lively style and vivid case material make it a valuable addition to the literature and its socio-legal approach is novel and welcome." - British Journal of Social Work.

About the Author:

Jane Dalrymple is Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England. She has practised as a social worker in the field of child care and is the author of a number of publications about advocacy for children and young people.

Beverley Burke is Senior Lecturer in social work at Liverpool John Moores University. She has practised as a social worker in the field of child care and has published in the areas of anti-oppressive practice, values and ethics.

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