Social work practice generally occurs within organisations. These organisations range from small non-government agencies to large statutory bodies that may employ hundreds and even thousands of people. Organisational structures can vary. The day-to-day practices and procedures of workers within these organisations also vary enormously. What these organisations have in common is their focus on the delivery of social care. Social work as a profession has developed wide ranging analyses of the way in which organisations and bureaucracies impact on and shape practice (Gardner, 2006; Hughes & Wearing, 2007; Ife, 1997; McDonald et al., 2011). Social workers often state that their work with service users sometimes feels like it is the easier part of the job. What is it about working in organisations that contributes to the negative experiences of workers? What kinds of skills and knowledge does it take to work well in teams, collaborate on projects, network effectively for service users and thrive in your work as a social worker?
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