Leadership in Social Care
Social care needs excellent leaders now more than ever. Effective leaders aim high, listen to what the service users want and need, inspire their staff and continually question what they are doing and why.
This book draws together the latest research on fundamental leadership issues in social care, discussing collaborative leadership and the importance of place-based development, exploring the key disciplines of supervision, management and leadership and examining the purpose of a learning framework for social care. Comparative approaches are also provided by practitioners working outside of social work, placing leadership development in context across the public, private and voluntary sectors and presenting authoritative guidance from an international perspective.
Leadership in Social Care will appeal to social care practitioners and service providers, academics, researchers and students who are passionate about making a difference for the people who use their services.
Kate Skinner's shortish chapter on supervision, with concepts and ideas and along with van Zwanenberg's opening chapter had me metaphorically nodding and probably actually smiling... This book is essentially about reclaiming space for action and initiative promoted by leadership styles and behaviours that are enabling and empowering and celebratory. It is about a 'positive psychology', which is well recounted and described in the chapter by Angus Skinner... What the book also succeeds in doing is to relate, within current policy and practice contexts for social work and social workers, its consistent theme of empowering and enabling leadership... But does the book suffer for a wider readership from being Scottish-centric? Not at all: indeed, Scotland, going right back to the Kilbrandon Report and the Scottish 1968 Social Work Act, and more recently free personal care for older people and the 'Changing Lives' review of social work, was and is ahead of the rest of the UK. – British Journal of Social Work
Parts of this volume will be especially useful for social care managers, teachers and trainers on leadership programmes and professional training courses. – PSW- Professional Social Work
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