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'Social Distance in Social Work: COVID Capsule One'

New book invites a range of leading social work thinkers, practitioners, and people with lived experience of services to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 crisis through lenses such as poverty, culture and class.

Available to buy on Thursday 10 June 2021

** Available to buy now - Paperback // Kindle **

A social work student experiencing food insecurity and facing eviction from his home has authored a new book: 'Social Distance in Social Work: COVID Capsule One'

In the book, which is published by Social Distance Writers in collaboration with BASW, author Dominic @SingleDadSW invites a range of leading social work thinkers, practitioners, and people with lived experience of services to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 crisis through lenses such as poverty, culture and class.

Featuring all exclusive work by Ray Jones, Phil Watson, Brid Featherstone, Cal Webb, Gerry Nosowska, Simon Haworth, Lewis Roberts, Ian Gould and more... and including a foreword by Ruth Allen, chief executive of BASW. 

The book discusses established and new approaches in Social Work: 

  • Social Justice & Social Distance 
  • Food Poverty & Food Insecurity 
  • Lived Experience & Living Experience 
  • Child Protection & Social Harms 
  • COVID Crisis & Crisis Capitalism 
  • Social Work During the Pandemic 

Social Distance in Social Work: COVID Capsule One is both an 'action' in the face of destitution - and a collection of notes from the crisis. The book is a collection of pieces, curated by the author, to tell a story and capture a moment in time. As a single dad living in a council estate block of flats, Dominic Watters (@SingleDadSW) lets the reader into an environment drenched in poverty.

The pandemic has made everyone aware of keeping their distance from other people due to public health guidance - but the book highlights and reflects on the distance between people due to factors such as poverty, culture and class.

"A stunning book right from the heart of exciting, newly emerging social work practitioners. At its core, this is a genuine commitment to the application of rights-based practice made possible by the authors personal, deep understanding of social justice and the impact of the structural oppression of poverty." - Rob Mitchell, principal social worker, co-author of ‘Social Work, Cats & Rocket Science

"We are a human rights profession. But it can be hard to embed this into everyday practice. This book is a precious and creative contribution to understanding how we can do that." - Dr. Ruth Allen, BASW CEO

"The Government lifted the eviction ban on June 1st. Any profits from will go towards my daughter and me keeping our home." - @SingleDadSW