Social work and social care continue to face an unprecedented period of challenge and uncertainty, requiring the development of leadership capabilities at every level of the workforce as well as in the community. This critical and reflexive book looks closely at the pivotal but demanding role that leadership and management play in promoting social work and social care. It focuses particularly on the value potentially created when the human relationships between people delivering and using public services are effective, and the conditions required nourish confidence, inspire self-esteem, unlock potential and erode inequality. Aimed at new, aspiring and experienced managers, and senior practitioners, it draws on a range of disciplines not typically found in social work and social care and encourages readers to broaden their examination of leadership in areas such as the design of organisations, the role of service users in leadership practice and the phenomena of dignity within the context of organisational culture and dignity.
Dr Trish Hafford-Letchfield is the Director of Programmes for Social Work at Middlesex University. She has extensive experience in management of adult social care and the provision of leadership development in both organisational and academic settings. Sharon Lambley is a Lecturer at University of Sussex where she leads Continuing Professional Development. She is an active researcher, consultant and her publications reflect an interest in critical perspectives on management in social work. Gary Spolander is a Principal Lecturer at Coventry University. He has led a number of research projects in relation to critical perspectives on international social work, management, workforce development and public health Christine Cocker is Principal Lecturer in Social Work at Middlesex University, experienced social work and manager in children's service and trustee for BAAF. She is widely published in these areas with specific interest in Lesbian and Gay Fostering and Adoption.