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Models for practice 2: community social work

Richard Pugh and Brain Cheers

in Rural social work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781861347213
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303305 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347213.003.0007
Models for practice 2: community social work

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This chapter looks at similarities among community-oriented practice, community social work, community work, and community intervention. It examines the ways in which rural social work can contribute to action at the community level aimed at assisting, sustaining, developing, and, sometimes, helping to rebuild communities. Although different writers use different terminology for describing their ideas on community social work, and have developed varied models to describe the processes of planning and development, there is considerable overlap between much of their work. The chapter distinguishes three broad strategies for community intervention: social planning and community planning, community-services development, and community development, which also includes community organisation. Finally, it discusses personal skills, capacities, and characteristics necessary for effective casework.

Keywords: community-oriented practice; community social work; community work; community intervention; rural social work; social planning; community planning; community-services development; community development; community organisation

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