Hafford-Letchfield, Trish ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0105-0678 (2015) Power. In: Ethics, Values And Social Work Practice. Bell, Linda and Hafford-Letchfield, Trish ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0105-0678, eds. UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Health & Social Welfare . Open University Press | McGraw-Hill Education, Maidenhead, pp. 63-75. ISBN 9780335245291. [Book Section]

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This chapter looks at the concept of power in social work by focusing on what this means as a ‘professional’ and theorizes competing discourses of empowerment in social work and its key concepts, drawing in particular on the explanatory powers of critical theorist Michel Foucault (1991). The chapter problematizes the concept of power by explicitly drawing on both users’ and carers’ accounts from the literature to demonstrate different external and internal influences on the root causes of disempowerment. It also explores everyday issues around ‘safeguarding’ and ‘vulnerability’ in relation to how different service users are supported to make decisions about their own care and support through 2 key scenarios where some of the challenges in relation to exercising power ethically and the dilemmas faced in staying close to the values of social work in its everyday context are considered in detail.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords (uncontrolled): Power; Social work; Values and Ethics; Service user power; Foucault
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 13844
Notes on copyright: This is the unedited version of the chapter submitted. Access restricted pending copyright check. Access restriction removed by author 8 Mar 2015.
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Depositing User: Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 17:21
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2022 18:14
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13844

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