Social Work Resources - From Competence to Excellence



  • 18/9/11

This site is in the early stages of development. Please return at a later date for updates and the latest news.

  • 19/9/11

A limited number of resources are now available, although the site is likely to be changed quite a bit in the next few weeks.




Social work is, and always has been, a complex and challenging job. However it can also be one of the most rewarding jobs in society.




The International Federation of Social Workers defines social work in the following way.


The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being. Utilising theories of human behaviour and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work. (IFSW, 2000)


That definition provides the underpinning themes for this website. It is dedicated to supporting social workers and all those who seek to work for well-being, individual and social and those who work for and defend human rights and social justice. 


Back in 1996 David Howe wrote about the dangers of erecting policy around the "humdrum of competence rather than the excitement of excellence." (Howe, 1996) The danger is that 15 years later there is still a need for the "excitement of excellence" in social work practice.


This site aims to encourage the sharing of knowledge and practice skills to enable social workers to take full pride in the role their play in society.






Thought of the Week


Allenby's Paradox


There is no such thing as failure, only feedback.


There is such as thing as failure, it is the failure to learn from feedback.




Site Map


Eventually this site will have seven main areas.


The Library- this will focus on theories, policy and law.

The Gym - this will focus on the pracitcal doing of the job with both generalist and specific skills.

The Store Cupboard - details of specific intervention tools and methods that can be used by social workers.

The Kitchen - an area for practitioners to swap ideas and experiences.

The Common Room - an area to discuss issues relevant to social work education.

The Switchboard- connections to other useful resources and websites.

The TV Lounge - videos and other audio-visual resources.