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Online from: 2010
Subject Area: Health and Social Care
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|Title:||A consideration of the nature and purpose of mental health social work|
|Author(s):||Robert Goemans, (Based at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK)|
|Citation:||Robert Goemans, (2012) "A consideration of the nature and purpose of mental health social work", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 16 Iss: 2, pp.90 - 96|
|Keywords:||Mental health, Mental illness, Personalisation, Recovery, Social care, Social inclusion, Social work|
|Article type:||Conceptual paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/20428301211232504 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – This paper aims to provide an analysis of the mental health social work role, its contribution to social inclusion, and its ability to translate this into practice.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper considers national policy, research and theory to consider the nature of social work and the mental health system.
Findings – While social work is ideally placed to challenge the biomedical model and promote social inclusion, organisational and other failings would appear to seriously undermine its ability to do so.
Originality/value – The paper considers some important issues facing social work and mental health, and raises points for thought and discussion.
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