This book has introduced a contextually informed and dynamic approach to social work practice. Social work has been presented as a negotiated activity; in particular, our purpose and practices as social workers are negotiated through interactions between our institutional context, our ‘formal’ purpose, our professional base, service users and our frameworks for practice. It has been argued that the potential for social workers to influence the contexts and formal theory base of the profession is, as yet, underdeveloped. One of this book’s intentions has been to enhance our capacities, as social workers, to actively use and influence the ideas that shape the institutional contexts of practice and the formal theory base of social work itself. In this chapter, we consider how we can use this knowledge of the ideas underpinning the institutions and formal theories for practice for constructing our framework for practice, which is the final component of the model introduced in Chapter 2.
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