Developmental social work in South Africa: Translating policy into practice

Leila Patel, Tessa Hochfeld

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Developmental social work is receiving increasing international recognition and much may be learnt from its application in different societal contexts. The article draws on empirical data from a South African study and provides valuable insight into how social workers conceptualize and translate developmental social work into practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)690-704
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013


  • South Africa
  • developmental social welfare
  • developmental social work
  • social development
  • transformation of welfare practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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