Scotland has changed, politically and culturally, in recent years, with persistent demands for independence culminating in a referendum in 2014. On this fluid political landscape, social welfare can be co-opted towards a wider ‘nation-building’ project. As a result, social work in Scotland is increasingly divergent from the rest of the UK. This book offers a comprehensive, critical and timely account of the profession in these changing times, charting its historical development, current practice and future directions.

Bringing together a range of academic and practice experts, it considers social work as it is currently but also as it might be. Divided into three parts, the first part sets a context, identifying historical, philosophical, policy and legal influences on current practice. The second part picks up on current themes in policy and practice, addressing key issues of professional identity in an increasingly integrated policy context. The final part contains chapters on current domains of practice, identifying key areas of legislation, policy and practice.

Social Work in a Changing Scotland is essential reading for social work students, offering an accessible yet critical overview of the profession. It will also inform current practitioners to understand better the changing contexts within which they practise, while prompting further academic debate about Scottish social work.

chapter |5 pages


ByMark Smith, Viviene E. Cree

part I|50 pages

The context

chapter 1|11 pages

A history of social work in Scotland

ByViviene E. Cree

chapter 2|10 pages

Social work in a system of multi-level governance

ByJames Mitchell

chapter 3|10 pages

Ethics for Scottish social work

ByMark Smith

chapter 4|9 pages

The legal context for social work in Scotland

ByJean Gordon, Roger Davis

chapter 5|9 pages

Scottish social work in a global context

ByIain Ferguson

part II|53 pages

Themes and issues

chapter 6|12 pages

Social work identity

ByMartin Kettle, Maura Daly

chapter 7|11 pages

Social work as transitional practice

ByJames Cox

chapter 8|10 pages

Integrated working

ByAndrew Eccles

chapter 9|10 pages

Social work education

A (hi-)story in two halves 1
ByTrish McCulloch

part III|72 pages

Practice with service users

chapter 11|11 pages

Social work with children and families

ByGary Clapton

chapter 12|10 pages

Looked after children

ByJanine Bolger

chapter 13|10 pages

Social work with older people

ByJulie Christie

chapter 14|10 pages

Criminal justice social work

BySteve Kirkwood

chapter 15|10 pages

Social work and disability

ByJim Elder-Woodward

chapter 16|10 pages

Mental health services

ByGillian MacIntyre

chapter 17|10 pages

Social work and substance misuse

ByPeter Hillen