Applying critical social work in direct practice with families

Idit Weiss-Gal, Lia Levin, Michal Krumer-Nevo

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This paper seeks to further discourse concerning the implications of critical social work for direct practice with families and children. It presents and discusses a hypothetical example of how a social worker in a social care agency in Israel can incorporate critical social work notions into an official social work report. The paper begins by presenting key concepts in critical social work, their manifestations in practice and their implications for official social work reports. It then presents a mock report informed by critical social work ideas and discusses its structure and contents. The mock report provides an example of how abstract notions central to critical social work can be actualized. The paper thus offers practitioners the opportunity for a richer discourse on the contribution of critical social work to direct practice with families and children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-64
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2014


  • Child abuse (neglect)
  • Critical social work
  • Social services departments
  • Social work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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