Reflections on writing in social work education and practice

Rai, Lucy (2010). Reflections on writing in social work education and practice. In: Seden, Janet; Matthews, Sarah; McCormick, Michael and Morgan, Alun eds. Professional development in social work: complex issues in practice. Post-qualifying social work. Abingdon, UK and New York, NY, USA: Routledge, pp. 163–170.



Writing is a central, although often overlooked, part of social work education and practice. Within education, students’ learning and competence is assessed through writing while in practice, much of social work is conducted through and recorded in writing. Through identifying the importance of writing in social work, this chapter offers some reflections on the ways in which a more conscious awareness of the relationship between the author, their reader, the context in which writing takes place and the final text can improve ‘practice’ in its widest sense.

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