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Return to Social Work: Learning Materials

Module 5: Equality and Diversity

Equality and diversity is another theme that is integral to the return to social work materials and Module 5 provides the opportunity to focus specifically on issues associated with equality and diversity. In social work professional practice we work with some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised individuals, families and communities, often at the most difficult points in their lives. This module reminds you of the importance of power and structural inequalities that exist in wider society.

Social workers need to be aware of power dynamics and be proactive in addressing these through anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive approaches. Working with diversity and becoming a culturally competent practitioner are core tools in the social worker’s toolkit and this module revisits, refreshes and updates knowledge in line with current legislation and evidence.