Effective Writing for Social Work

Making a Difference

Lucy Rai

Effective Writing for Social Work

Lucy Rai

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages | 8 tables, 12 figures | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2014
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781447305163 Published December 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $91.00 ISBN: 9781447305170 Published December 2014 For sale in North and South America only
This textbook, aimed at students in the field of social work practice, is designed to help them to understand the importance of good writing and to give them the tools they need to write well. It explores the ways in which both students and practicing social workers can be more effective in their writing through an awareness of the purpose, context, and audience for their work. It also highlights the differences between classroom writing assignments and workplace writing as well as the effects that new technologies have had on both academic and professional writing.

Writing in Social Work
Taking control of your writing
Essays and reflective writing in social work
Developing your writing during your practice learning opportunities
Purposeful writing in professional practice
Effective case recording

    ~ Lucy Rai and Theresa Lillis with Amanda Harrison and Guillermo Garcia-Maza
Writing reports as a tool of professional assessment

   ~ Lucy Rai and Theresa Lillis with Guillermo Garcia-Maza and Amanda Harrison
Embedding writing as best practice

Review Quotes
British Journal of Social Work
"Illuminates the challenges of writing effectively, while providing perspectives that social work educators, classroom-based and agency-based, can consider as they guide students in developing the writing competences that are essential to good practice."
European Journal of Social Work
"This is the first book I have read about social work writing that analyzes its importance and its contextual nature, not only for social work students, but also for practitioners and supervisors. It deserves a wide audience."
Hilary Burgess | University of Bristol
“An excellent analysis of the writing skills needed by social work students and practitioners. Scholarly, yet highly accessible, it will enable educators and students to develop teaching and learning to enhance communication with a range of audiences.”
Paul Evans | head of workforce development, Cambridgeshire County Council
“A really welcome tool in enabling social workers and their managers to understand and appreciate the importance of good case recording and how to actually achieve it.”
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