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A change of direction: a social worker beginning work in the field of acquired brain injury

A change of direction: a social worker beginning work in the field of acquired brain injury Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore an Australian social worker's experiences of beginning work in the field of neurodisability in the voluntary sector in the UK. Design/methodology/approach – This paper documents the social worker's experiences of the differences in practice between Australia and the UK; between working in the statutory and voluntary sector in the UK; and between different fields of social work. It also documents the social worker's initial thoughts about working in the field of acquired brain injury (ABI). Findings – Through this journey, the social worker reflects upon their own development as a practitioner. Practical implications – The social worker identifies points which may help other social work professionals who are new to this complex area of practice. Originality/value – This paper provides an insight into a social worker's experience of working in different settings and in different countries. It also illustrates how for this social worker, varied experiences cannot always prepare you for working in ABI. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Care and Neurodisability Emerald Publishing

A change of direction: a social worker beginning work in the field of acquired brain injury

Social Care and Neurodisability , Volume 2 (3): 4 – Aug 15, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2042-0919
DOI
10.1108/20420911111172701
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore an Australian social worker's experiences of beginning work in the field of neurodisability in the voluntary sector in the UK. Design/methodology/approach – This paper documents the social worker's experiences of the differences in practice between Australia and the UK; between working in the statutory and voluntary sector in the UK; and between different fields of social work. It also documents the social worker's initial thoughts about working in the field of acquired brain injury (ABI). Findings – Through this journey, the social worker reflects upon their own development as a practitioner. Practical implications – The social worker identifies points which may help other social work professionals who are new to this complex area of practice. Originality/value – This paper provides an insight into a social worker's experience of working in different settings and in different countries. It also illustrates how for this social worker, varied experiences cannot always prepare you for working in ABI.

Journal

Social Care and NeurodisabilityEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 15, 2011

Keywords: International social work; Reflection; Acquired brain injury; United Kingdom; Australia

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