Journal Article

Poverty and Social Work

Greg Mantle and Dave Backwith

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 8, pages 2380-2397
Published in print December 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online May 2010 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Poverty and Social Work

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This article explores the conceptual, policy and practical links between poverty and community-oriented social work (COSW). It argues that social workers should be directly involved in the relief of poverty and that the approach most likely to prove successful in this context is one in which practitioners retain close contact with the local community, working in partnership with a joint focus on prevention and empowerment. Although academic, government and mainstream professional interest in COSW has waned over the past decades in the UK, there are grounds to believe that this may change and that lessons can be learned from COSW in other countries.

Keywords: Poverty; Community Social Work

Journal Article.  6988 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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