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Social Work and Restorative JusticeSkills for Dialogue, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation$
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Elizabeth Beck, Nancy P. Kropf, and Pamela Blume Leonard

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195394641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394641.001.0001

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Justice, Restoration, and Social Work

Justice, Restoration, and Social Work

(p.15) Chapter Two Justice, Restoration, and Social Work
Social Work and Restorative Justice

Nancy P. Kropf

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the values, ethics, and practices that comprise social work, and examines the profession's rich history of working to improve the lives of individuals and to create a more just society. It includes a historical summary of some of the major events that have shaped the profession, and then explores ethics and values as the foundation of social work practice. The chapter also examines the proliferation of various social work contexts and roles, and some of the major concepts such as empowerment and resilience that are keys to contemporary social work. Finally the chapter turns to the future of social work and some of the issues that will shape the profession in coming years. It offers a way to appreciate how social work and restorative justice practices share some common ground, while maintaining unique practice positions.

Keywords:   social work values, social work ethics, social work practice, empowerment, resiliency

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