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Social Work and Social DevelopmentTheories and Skills for Developmental Social Work$
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James Midgley and Amy Conley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732326.001.0001

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Limitations and Prospects of Developmental Social Work

Limitations and Prospects of Developmental Social Work

(p.193) 10 Limitations and Prospects of Developmental Social Work
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This chapter draws the previous material together, recognizing that there are limitations to the developmental approach in social work but also that this approach has much future promise particularly in the context of economic challenges and resource constraints. It argues that social workers can use investment strategies in professional practice to promote the participation of social work’s clients in normal community life and in the productive economy, and in this way, contribute positively their long term well-being. The developmental approach is highly compatible with social work’s historical values and commitment to achieving social justice and human rights.

Keywords:   limitations, resource constraints, social justice, social work, social development

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