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Effective Advocacy in Social Work

Effective Advocacy in Social Work

November 2013 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Advocacy is an essential skill for social workers who need to be able to speak confidently on behalf of service-users in a range of situations. In this new book, Jane Dalrymple and Jane Boylan explore the theory and research behind advocacy to demonstrate how to achieve best practice.  


Key topics covered include:

- Independent advocacy

- Supporting self-advocacy and decision-making

- Challenging oppression

- Negotiating with organisations


Each chapter includes rich case examples, which help readers bring the discussion into the real life practice context.



Effective Advocacy in Social Work will be valuable reading for those studying social work at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as those working in practice and in interprofessional contexts.



Jane Dalrymple is Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England.


Jane Boylan is Senior Lecturer at Keele University.

What is Advocacy and How Do We Use it in Social Work?
Contextualising Social Work Advocacy
Reclaiming Advocacy in Contemporary Social Work
Advocacy Skills
Participation and Partnership
Advocacy Across the Life Course
Representation and Complaints
Independent Advocacy
Conclusion: Developing a Culture of Advocacy

A stimulating and accessible book written by two experienced and respected authors who have a considerable wealth of knowledge and practice experience within the area of advocacy and social work. The concept of advocacy is fully explored and interrogated. The authors develop a convincing argument as to why advocacy should be recognised as an important feature of contemporary social work. The book contains interesting and diverse case scenarios, vignettes and narratives, which enliven the text as well as highlight the relationship between theory and practice. Thought provoking ‘discussion questions’ at the end of each chapter provides the stimulus for the reader to critically reflect on what they have read. This text makes a valuable contribution to the development of practice, which engages with service users and carers, promotes human rights and is justice orientated.

Beverley Burke
Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University

This text makes an important contribution to the repertoire of contemporary social work practice. Its call to reclaim advocacy and locate it at the heart of practice serves to foreground the voice of the service user and reinvigorate social work toward its social justice responsibilities. This timely and compelling mandate is adeptly communicated in this very readable book. 

Professor Charlotte Williams OBE
Deputy Dean Social Work, RMIT University

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