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 invation, 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.
Anna Fairtlough is a researcher and visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Social Issues, Services & Welfare
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9 black & white illustrations, 2 black & white tables, 7 black & white line drawings