Only Connect: unifying the social in social work and social media


Turner, Denise (2016) Only Connect: unifying the social in social work and social media. Journal of social work practice, 30 (3). pp. 313-327. ISSN 0265-0533

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social networks; social networking; social media; connection; twitter; facebook; digital networking; relational social work
Subjects: 300 Social sciences 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Social Professions
Depositing User: Denise Turner
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2019 10:53
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2019 10:53

Abstract / Description

This paper utilises 'Only Connect' the epigraph from Forster's novel 'Howards End' as the starting point for exploring the challenges and opportunities of integrating social networking with relationship based social work practice. The paper discusses the more deleterious implications of social networking, whilst assuming a deliberately optimistic stance to uncover the ways in which online space can be used effectively within social work education and practice. The paper concludes by highlighting Forster's plea for connection and recommending that social work embraces the opportunities provided by social networking. Originally published by London Metropolitan University here .