Journal Article

Tensions in the Delivery of Social Work Services in Rural and Remote Scotland

Colin Turbett

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 39, issue 3, pages 506-521
Published in print April 2009 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online December 2007 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Tensions in the Delivery of Social Work Services in Rural and Remote Scotland

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This paper is based on a premise that social work practitioners in rural locations, especially those in remote areas, will often find themselves the subject of policy and resource decision-making processes that are not sympathetic to their situation. This is based on a lack of awareness of rural practice issues both from the inside as well as the outside of such contexts. Social workers in rural areas are in fact well placed to engage in imaginative and proactive rather than purely reactive types of practice. They can promote effective community capacity building as well as help individuals in need. If they are to achieve these potentials they have to take responsibility for exploring such themes themselves, within frameworks and understandings created through professional training alongside proper recognition by employers.

Keywords: Scotland; rural; remote; management; dual relationships

Journal Article.  6823 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Work

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