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Managing community practice offers a comprehensive guide to a range of models and practices essential for the management of community-based practice. Fully updated, this second edition of a bestselling book takes account of the latest developments in community policy and practice. It places the management of community practice in the context of increasing pressures of economic austerity and trends towards community self-help and co-production of policies and services. Two brand new chapters cover community-led research and sustaining community practice for the future. Based on contributions from internationally recognised authors, the book offers a unique blend of theoretical models and practice guidance, including:an historical review of community practice in the UK; the organisational implications of managing community practice; ethical challenges in negotiating power and responsibility; the significance of networks in the context of partnership working; the manager’s role in supporting community-led research; the importance of participative planning and evaluation.The book is an invaluable resource for operational and strategic managers in local government, community development, health, housing and other service delivery agencies with a focus on community participation and engagement. It is essential reading for tutors and students on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses concerned with community development, community-oriented practice and social action.
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About the Author
Sarah Banks is Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences and Co-director of the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action at Durham University, UK. ;Hugh Butcher, formerly Head of Department of Community Studies at Bradford College UK, combines his research interests in community practice with the promotion of patient and public involvement in cancer health services. ;Andrew Orton is Lecturer in Community and Youth Work, Durham University, UK. He has a particular research interest in faith-based community work. ;Jim Robertson was Senior Lecturer in Community Work Studies at Northumbria University, UK, and is currently Project Consultant with Churches Regional Commission in North East England.