Social work and disability 

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• Social workers need to problematise dominant understandings of disability and their roles in disability services in order to develop a deep and wide perspective on their practice.
• Disabled people and their Whanau are allies in the work of respecting rights, working for justice, building better lives and supporting individual growth through life-affirming risk-taking.
• Current policies of personalisation provide excellent opportunities for social workers to apply a relational/developmental approach to assessment, goal-setting and planning.
• Transforming current practice requires attention to multiple perspectives and engaging in a full range of social work roles.
• Critical reflexivity is essential for preserving focus on the person and their Whanau, and for accountability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Work
Subtitle of host publicationContexts and Practice
EditorsMarie Connolly, Louise Harms, Jane Maidment
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780190311209, 0190311207
ISBN (Print)9780190308728, 0190308729
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • appreciative inquiry
  • Disability Movement
  • independent living
  • reflexive
  • simultaneity


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