Relational Social Work

Toward Networking and Societal Practices

Foreword By
In this innovative book, a revised English edition of an important Italian text, Fabio Folgheraiter presents a systematic introduction to networking and reflexive practice in social work. He draws on Italian experience and practice in community care and development to foster a deeper understanding of the relational core of social `problems' and `solutions', demonstrating an alternative approach to the current trend in positivistic evidence-based methods. The text explores how the interested parties in social care (users, carers, neighbours, volunteers, professional workers, managers, policy makers) can acquire a shared power in care planning and decision making. Folgheraiter demonstrates that when this networking and empowerment occurs, caring initiatives become truly social based and their efficacy increases.

This book provides the framework for the repositioning of social care practice in relation to the state and civil society. The model of practice proposed is an important step towards the development of networks that can effect change locally, nationally and globally.
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Press reviews for: Relational Social Work

European Journal of Social Work

Folgheraiter's book is still timely: its targets surround us. It is positive, in that it offers an alternative to "service delivery". It is rooted in well-established social work values and in the history of social work ideas. Its approach is easily compatible with the essence of community care and good child care... If it keeps the flame of community social work alive for a little longer it will have achieved something worthwhile.

Professional Social Work

This book is a useful contribution to current debates and offers helpful theoretical perspectives on the processes of social work relationships.

From the Foreword by Professor Ann Davis

In making a contribution to the international social work literature this book reaffirms the importance to social work theory and practice of recognising, across our differences, common concerns with social change, social ideas and social movements.

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