1st Edition

Social Work and Ethnicity

Edited By Juliet Cheetham Copyright 1982
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1982 Social Work and Ethnicity was the first purpose-written text for social work students, administrators and practitioners designed to prepare them conceptually and practically for work in Britain’s established ethnic minority communities. Much more than the vicissitudes of immigration now had to be considered: this book discusses social work’s response to chronic racial discrimination and disadvantage and the hazards and advantages of taking ethnicity into account in service delivery. Emphasised throughout is the role of the social services in promoting good race relations and a better deal for black people.

    Social Work and Ethnicity is based on research carried out by Mrs Cheetham and sponsored by the DHSS to identify the major concerns of social workers with ethnic minority clients and to study the development of relevant services in Britain and the USA. The contributing authors are mainly practitioners and come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds; in fact, this is the first book on social work to be published in Britain to which a substantial contribution has been made by black writers. The specially commissioned contributions discuss the fundamental questions of principle in giving special consideration to ethnicity and underline the implications for practice. In particular, the lessons which Britain can learn from American experience are reviewed.

    The book opens with a discussion of political and ethical questions; the problems of assessing need and monitoring services are then examined. This is followed by several chapters on the special needs of various ethnic minority client groups, particularly children and young people, who now deserve priority attention. The tricky issue of ethnic matching is discussed, so too are the different methods of developing services which are appropriate to ethnic minority needs and aspirations. Recruitment, training and education for work in a multi-racial society are subjects for several chapters and the book concludes with the experiences of two ethnic minority social workers.

    This book is a re-issue originally published in 1982. The language used and assumptions made are a reflection of its era and no offence is meant by the Publishers to any reader by this re-publication.

    Part I: The Place of Ethnicity in Social Work  1. Introduction to the Issues Juliet Cheetham  2. The American Ethnic Dilemma Shirley Jenkins  Part II: Establishing Need and Shaping Policy  Introduction Juliet Cheetham  3. Race Relations Policies in Social Services Departments – The Tasks and the Problems Mary Wells  4. A Survey of Referrals from Asian Families to Four Social Services Area Offices in Bradford E. Horn  Part III: Client Groups  5. Some Priorities Juliet Cheetham  6. Policy Dilemmas and the Adoption of Black Children C. Bagley and L. Young  7. Finding Black Families for Black Children in Britain Elaine Arnold  8. An American Experience in Child Care Services Florence Kreech  9. Ethnic Minority Elderly People: Some Issues of Social Policy Frank Glendenning  10. Social Work with Ethnic Minority Elderly People Vivienne Coombe  Part IV: Working Across Cultures  Some Thoughts on Practice Juliet Cheetham  11. Racial and Cultural Factors in a Casework Relationship Patricia King  12. A Social Services Department and the Bengali Community: A New Response Ian Dryden  Part V: The Development of Services  Objective and Dilemmas Juliet Cheetham  13. Developing an Appropriate Service: A Local Authority’s Use of Section II Brian Waller  14. Ethnicity as a Basis for Problem Solving: A Study of the Asian Resource Centre, Birmingham Ranjit Sondhi  15. Black Social Workers in White Departments Barney Rooney  16. Some Approaches to Recruitment and In-Service Training for Multiracial Social Work Shama Ahmed  17. Recruitment and Education for Work with Minorities: British and American Perspectives Juliet Cheetham  18. The Dilemmas and Contribution of Black Social Workers Verrol Liverpool  19. ‘Home Is Where One Starts From’: Reflections of an Ethnic Minority Social Worker Stephen Parvez Rashid.  Notes on Contributors.  Index.


    Juliet Cheetham