1st Edition

Using Advocacy in Social Work Practice A Guide for Students and Professionals

By Peter Scourfield Copyright 2021
    154 Pages
    by Routledge

    154 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book explains different types of advocacy and the various ways in which advocacy is used in social work, making links with core social work concepts such as empowerment, safeguarding and rights. Tracing how the use of advocacy is mandated in professional social work guidance and codes of practice as well as in legislation such as the Care Act 2014 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005, this book:

    • Explores definitions of advocacy, discusses what it can achieve and explains the different uses of advocacy in social work.

    • Covers the necessary knowledge, skills and values that social workers need in order to advocate effectively in their own practice.

    • Discusses critically what independent advocacy is and explains why it has become an integral part of contemporary social work. Examples are provided of where independent advocacy plays an important role in different areas of social work.

    • Explains what social workers need to know about working effectively with different types of advocates.

    • Encourages critical reflection on the relationship between social work and independent advocacy and flags debates and issues relating to the use of advocacy in social work.

    Aimed at social work students and social work professionals, this book provides an excellent introduction into a topic which is highly relevant to social work, using case-studies and activities to aid understanding.



    Chapter One: What is Advocacy?

    Chapter Two: Advocacy in the Context of Social Work

    Chapter Three: Independent Advocacy

    Chapter Four: Advocacy in Social Work: Values, Ethics and Skills

    Chapter Five: Advocacy and Social Work: some final thoughts




    Peter Scourfield has practised social work in a variety of settings with diverse service user groups since qualifying as a social worker in 1984. Before moving full time into social work education his most recent social work practice was in a team for older people and people with physical disabilities. Since being in social work education Peter has been a course leader on a MA Social Work programme; practice educator and lecturer and tutor on different undergraduate, post-qualifying and fast track courses. Peter’s PhD was focused on older people’s experiences in the social care system. However, he has diverse research and writing interests in both social work and social policy and has written on subjects ranging from professional leadership in social work to older people’s experiences of Tai Chi. Peter is currently a Visiting Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University. He has previously published two social work textbooks.