Limitations and Prospects of Developmental Social Work


in Social Work and Social Development

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732326
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863471 | DOI:
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

Chapter.  5710 words. 

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