At a time when the credibility of social work is again being questioned, this book offers a critical approach to the debate concerning the reliability and validity of the evidence, research and kwledge that underpins professional social work practice. It critiques the tion of 'evidence' and argues that 'kwledge' is a much broader, more appropriate concept to consider. There is analysis of the different components and sources of this kwledge and an exploration of the often discordant interface between practice and kwledge. Finally, it supports the view that kwledge can be actively developed and tested by a range of people.
Ian Mathews is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Lincoln. He has been a qualified Social Worker since 1981 & is a founding member of Green-Templeton College, Oxford. He has substantial practice experience in health & social care including several years as an Approved Social Worker & Practice Teacher. He has a particular interest in mental health issues having been the professional lead for social care in the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust prior to joining the university. Karin Crawford is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Lincoln, where she has responsibility for supporting learners, teaching and curriculum development in the area of health, social care and management, both at undergraduate and post-qualifying levels. She also has experience of working with other European countries to develop teaching and learning in health and social care.