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Professional Leadership for Social Work Practitioners and Educators

1st Edition

By Anna Fairtlough


152 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Professional leadership is increasingly recognised as being vital to enhancing social work’s reputation and effectiveness. Although professional leadership is one of the nine domains of the professional capability framework in England, sometimes leadership is assumed to be the prerogative of managers rather than the responsibility of all professional social workers. The participation of social workers and social work educators in shaping professional cultures within organisations through practice innovation, practitioner research and workforce development is thus crucial. Drawing on theories that challenge hierarchical concepts of leadership, this book will enable experienced social work practitioners and educators to develop their professional leadership to more expert levels. Throughout the book there are case examples illustrating examples of advanced professional leadership in action, research highlights and exercises utilising self-reflection, action planning, creative writing and imagery to provide practical support to the reader.


‘Never has it been a more important time for social work to foster and demonstrate leadership that enables sustainability of the profession. Anna Fairtlough’s book offers an excellent framework and rich source of knowledge, research evidence and practical ideas for practitioners to develop their leadership that speaks to the very heart of practice. An essential read for all those involved in practice education and learning partnerships.’- Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Middlesex University, UK

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of exercises

List of practice examples and research highlights


Chapter 1: Introduction

Part 1: Values and Knowledge for Professional Leadership

Chapter 2: Professional Leadership in Social Work

Chapter 3: Values, Diversity and Social Justice in Professional Leadership

Chapter 4: Theoretical Models to Support Professional Leadership - 1

Chapter 5: Theoretical Models to Support Professional Leadership - 2

Part 2: Leading Social Work in Different Contexts

Chapter 6: Practice Development Education with Individuals

Chapter 7: Working with Learning Groups and Teams

Chapter 8: Professional Leadership Within and Across Organisations

Chapter 9: Practitioner Evaluation and Research

Chapter 10: Conclusion


About the Author

Anna Fairtlough is a researcher and visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General