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Community Social Work Practice in an Urban ContextThe Potential of a Capacity-Enhancement Perspective$
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Melvin Delgado

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195125467

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195125467.001.0001

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Guiding Principles for Community Capacity-Enhancement Practice

Guiding Principles for Community Capacity-Enhancement Practice

(p.59) 5 Guiding Principles for Community Capacity-Enhancement Practice
Community Social Work Practice in an Urban Context

Melvin Delgado

Oxford University Press

Social work practitioners need guiding principles to help them analyze and develop macro interventions. Guiding principles play important roles in helping practitioners decide how practice must be conceptualized and carried out. This chapter presents six key principles that are critical for bringing to fruition all the potential that capacity enhancement is capable of achieving. These principles are: (1) create community participation stressing inter-ethnic-racial relations; (2) adopt and build community spirit as a central goal; (3) systematically build intergenerational activities into interventions; (4) implement interorganizational (formal and informal) collaborative goals; (5) have community capacity enhancement as a central goal; and (6) stress grassroots funding when possible.

Keywords:   urban social work, social work practice, macro practice, community participation

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