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Social Media in Social Work Practice

Social Media in Social Work Practice

May 2019 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Should you respond to friend requests from service users? How can you be sure that your own online profile is secure? Do service users understand the global and permanent nature of social media posts?

Mapped against UK regulatory bodies’ standards this book responds to new complex issues raised by social media. Joanne Westwood draws on evidence and contemporary examples from practice to contextualise developments in social media and outline how this has shaped social work practice in recent years. She unpicks the potential pitfalls and opportunities social media presents for individual practice, organisations and service users. 

After using the case study questions, quizzes and reflective activities you will be able to confidently apply your knowledge of the 4 key issues:

·        privacy

·        confidentiality

·        regulation

·        professional ethics and values

Chapter 1: Social and Digital Media: Where Are We Now and How Did We Get Here?
Chapter 2: The Potentials and Pitfalls of Social Media in Social Work
Chapter 3: Knowledge and Values for Social Work and Social Media
Chapter 4: Theories and perspectives informing social work and social media
Chapter 5: Social work and social media in practice
Chapter 6: Social media and social work professional development
Chapter 7: Social media social justice and social change
Chapter 8: Summary and concluding comments

Regardless of your level of knowledge about social media this book will broaden your horizons and stimulate your thinking about how you use social media as a social worker, an educator, a student or a social activist. It is both a comprehensive resource and a source of new ideas and perspectives

Jim Greer
Principal Lecturer Social Work, University of Cumbria

The questions posed and the activities suggested are strongly rooted in social work values and ethics which clearly have a level of longevity, thereby making this a welcome addition to the academic and practitioner bookshelf.

Jennifer E. Simpson
University of Northampton

This book is a must for year one students in social work in understanding the impact of social media on themselves and their practice.

Mrs Toni Benaton
Britannia Mill Campus, Derby University
June 5, 2019