3rd Edition

Becoming a Social Worker

Edited By Viviene E. Cree Copyright 2022
    150 Pages
    by Routledge

    150 Pages
    by Routledge

    This fully revised new edition of Becoming a Social Worker is made up of entirely new stories. Providing a ‘glocal’ frame of reference, the book describes the personal and professional narratives of a diverse range of people working in social work in the UK, what brought them into the field and what has kept them in it ever since.

    The lively accounts reveal what it is like to be a social worker in a range of practice settings today and, at the same time, demonstrate that commitment and passion remain at the heart of social work. Some contributors will be recognised as people who have played a key part in shaping social work over the years; they provide insights into how the profession has developed over time. Other contributors, less well known but no less interesting, give a vivid account of the ongoing challenges that social work education and practice face, and the values that underpin social work. Social work is a demanding and difficult job that goes largely unseen within society. We only ever hear about social work and social workers when something goes wrong and a vulnerable adult or child is hurt. Becoming a Social Worker sets out to change that – to make social work visible, so that those considering a career in the caring professions across the world can make an informed choice about whether social work is the career for them.

    It is relevant for all induction courses at the beginning and prior to coming on social work programmes including all relevant HNC and HND courses as well as preparation for practice courses on all undergraduate and postgraduate social work programmes.

    Viviene E. Cree

    Chapter 1 - My Darkness, My Light
    Ahmina Akhtar

    Chapter 2 - Social Work: A Profession That Chose Me
    Avril McIvor

    Chapter 3 - Becoming a Significant Person
    Bethany Morgan

    Chapter 4 - Becoming a Social Worker in Northern Ireland
    Brenda Brady

    Chapter 5 - Putting Families First
    Brid Featherstone

    Chapter 6 - My Journey in Social Work: Reflections from an Intersectional Lens
    Claudia Bernard

    Chapter 7 - Social Work: A Calling
    Helen Birtwhistle

    Chapter 8 - Social Work Education: Taking the Scenic Route
    Joe Duffy

    Chapter 9 - How One Social Worker Made a Difference
    Karen McAlister

    Chapter 10 - "It can be done; it must be done; so do it"
    Kevin Owens

    Chapter 11 - Using Your Privilege as a Social Worker
    Lakshmi Ajay

    Chapter 12 - A Social Work Career in Wales
    Neil Thompson

    Chapter 13 - The Caring Social Worker
    Oluwatoyin Adenugba-Okpaje

    Chapter 14 - Navigating Social Work Education and Practice as a Gender Variant Practitioner
    Rupert McCranor

    Chapter 15 - Purpose and Passion: a Journey in Social Work
    Ruth Allen

    Chapter 16 - Social Work: A Relationship-Based Profession
    Sally Holland

    Chapter 17 - Being a Specialist Palliative Care Social Worker
    Suzy Croft

    Chapter 18 - African Values in Western Social Work
    Tafadzwa Kangara

    Chapter 19 - My Journey into Social Work in Three Stories: Identity, Growing and Creativity
    Tarsem Singh Cooner

    Chapter 20 - Becoming a Social Worker and a Client: My Lived Experiences
    Tess Hutchinson

    Chapter 21 - Cultivating a Better Future
    Tim Walker

    Chapter 22 - A Road Less Travelled
    Tony Wright

    Chapter 23 - Social work: A Glocal Profession
    Viviene E. Cree


    Viviene E. Cree worked as a community worker, social worker and was latterly Professor of Social Work Studies at The University of Edinburgh. She has researched and published widely on social work topics. Scottish Association of Social Workers (SASW) awarded her their Lifetime Achievement for Social Work in 2018.