Developmental social case work: A process model

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Social development has been adopted as South Africa’s social welfare approach and is increasingly being adopted in Africa and other parts of the developing world. The translation of developmental social welfare to social work has, however, been difficult for many social workers. A particularly challenging aspect of this translation concerns the practice of social case work within a social development approach, a topic that has received virtually no attention in the social development literature. This article constructs a process model for a form of social case work that is informed by social development principles and priorities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-78
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Case work
  • human rights
  • micro practice
  • poverty
  • resilience
  • social development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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