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A critical introduction to key debates about race and racism, this new addition to the Reshaping Social Work series examines race as a social construct. It addresses the origins of anti-racist practice and analyses practical issues to provide a blueprint for anti-racist practice within social work.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Influences on anti-racist social work practice

This chapter introduces the relevant legal frameworks and considers the impact of social activism on ‘race’ and racism in relation to professional social work and social care.
Kish Bhatti-Sinclair

Chapter 2. Anti-racist practice in a globalized world

Technology, communication and other changes beyond national boundaries are increasingly challenging the knowledge, skills and values used by practitioners and students. Social workers are increasingly aware that they need to examine the impact of globalization on their everyday concerns as professionals.
Kish Bhatti-Sinclair

Chapter 3. Knowledge for social work practice

The principles underpinning ethics and values in social work incorporate a range of ideas, including those derived from the regulation of professional practice (Hugman, 2005), as well as from postcolonial thinking on ‘race’ and racism. A great deal of writing on anti-racist social work practice has charted this work (Dominelli, 2008) and this chapter will build on this by examining the significant influences on anti-racist social work practice, particularly how and where knowledge is produced, who uses and who benefits from it.
Kish Bhatti-Sinclair

Chapter 4. Reshaping organizations and professional practice

The aim of this chapter is to examine how new thinking in anti-racist social work can inform organizations, as well as guide the work of individual practitioners. This will be considered in relation to wider developments in the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in policy, practice and research on ‘race’ and racism. The objective is for a better understanding of legal duties, targeted training/development and effective communication, within and across organizations, in order that social workers can be properly equipped and supported to undertake their responsibilities as service providers, team members and employees.
Kish Bhatti-Sinclair

Chapter 5. Service users, ‘race’ and racism

This chapter introduces relevant literature, law and policy. It also focuses on the advantages, threats and influences of service user participation in social work, and links this to the development of anti-racist practice as it applies to organizations, practitioners and service user groups. The chapter evaluates these areas, considers service user experiences and examines the barriers to service provision.
Kish Bhatti-Sinclair

Chapter 6. Developing anti-racist educational practice

This chapter will examine social work educational standards for relevance and pertinence to ‘race’ and racism in relation to the following issues:
  • equality in education
  • teaching, learning and assessment in the workplace
  • anti-racist practice in learning environments.
Kish Bhatti-Sinclair

Chapter 7. Conclusions

The overarching aim of this book has been to evaluate the relevance of anti-racist social work practice to contemporary public services. The book has brought together and introduced the relevant influences which have informed anti-racist practice within the UK and beyond (Chapters 1 and 2), set out the argument for knowledge-based professional practice within organizations (Chapters 3 and 4) and stressed the importance of incorporating service user perspectives (Chapter 5) in all areas of service delivery, including educational practice (Chapter 6).
Kish Bhatti-Sinclair
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