Teaching social work students about social policy
Article first published online: 10 MAR 2005
Australian Social Work
Volume 58, Issue 1, pages 58–75, March 2005
How to Cite
Gibbons, J. and Gray, M. (2005), Teaching social work students about social policy. Australian Social Work, 58: 58–75. doi: 10.1111/j.0312-407X.2005.00184.x
- Issue published online: 10 MAR 2005
- Article first published online: 10 MAR 2005
- Article accepted for publication July 2004.
- social policy;
- social work;
- social work education
This paper describes an integrated approach to teaching social policy within a unique experience-based social work education program. It argues that the teaching of social policy should not be separate within the social work curriculum and provides an example of the integration of policy and practice in teaching students about child protection. It examines the teaching of policy practice using a strengths perspective where it is seen as a bottom-up, inductive process rather than an activity carried out by social work experts with or without the participation of their client groups.