Empowering Social Workers

Virtuous Practitioners

  • Manohar Pawar
  • Richard Hugman
  • Andrew Alexandra
  • A. W. (Bill) Anscombe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Manohar Pawar, Richard Hugman, Andrew Alexandra, A. W. (Bill) Anscombe
    Pages 1-16
  3. Christina Fernandes, Richard Hugman
    Pages 17-35
  4. Andrew Alexandra, Manohar Pawar
    Pages 53-75
  5. A. W. (Bill) Anscombe, Emma Rush
    Pages 77-86
  6. Emma Rush, A. W. (Bill) Anscombe
    Pages 87-99
  7. Manohar Pawar, Wendy Bowles
    Pages 101-122
  8. Manohar Pawar, Sharlene Nipperess
    Pages 139-156
  9. Manohar Pawar, Sue King
    Pages 157-178
  10. A. W. (Bill) Anscombe
    Pages 179-192
  11. Manohar Pawar, Richard Hugman, Andrew Alexandra, A. W. (Bill) Anscombe
    Pages 193-204

About this book


This book demonstrates the central role of ethical character in effective social work practice. Showcasing select biographies of social workers, it reveals how skilled practitioners have developed such core virtues as compassion, love, commitment, prudence, respect for human dignity and a critical sense of social justice through the course of their working lives, and how they apply these virtues in a wide variety of settings and situations to enhance the well-being of the people and communities they work with. As such, the book offers a powerful and inspiring resource to help educators, students and practitioners understand the unbreakable link between what social workers and other social welfare and social development professionals do and who they are, and thereby cultivate core qualities that should be promoted. 

 “Pawar, Hugman, Alexandra and Anscombe have found a novel and creative way to explore virtues in social work by examining the career contributions of a group of social work practitioners engaged in ‘virtuous action’. Their stories are inspiring and they provide much-needed role models for students and practitioners embarking on empowering practice” – Dr. Mel Gray, Professor of Social Work, The University of Newcastle. New South Wales, Australia.

"In an age where the virtues of truth, cooperation and “doing the right thing” are increasingly being eroded in public life, this book serves as both an inspiration and invaluable resource to all social work practitioners seeking to reflect on, and improve their practice" - Dr. Martin Ryan, Social Worker, Counsellor/Community Educator, Jesuit Social Services, Melbourne.

“The editors are to be commended for examining the virtuous characters of these ten professional social workers. The use of detailed biographies is an innovative and important approach which helps us to appreciate just what a tremendous impact the virtues can have." - Dr. Christian B. Miller, A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy, Director, The Character Project, Wake Forest University, USA.


Virtues and social work practice Social Work ethics Qualities of Social workers Social workers’ life stories Virtue-led social work practice Character of social workers Social Work practice Social work theory and practice Social workers’ biographies Professional supervision Client Empowerment in Social Work Respect and Integrity in social work Social Justice in social work Social work client outcomes Social workers' professional experience Social workers industrial context Challenges in social work

Editors and affiliations

  • Manohar Pawar
    • 1
  • Richard Hugman
    • 2
  • Andrew Alexandra
    • 3
  • A. W. (Bill) Anscombe
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Humanities and Social SciencesCharles Sturt Univeristy School of Humanities and Social SciencesWagga WaggaAustralia
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesUniversity of New South Wales School of Social SciencesSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.The University of MelbourneDept of Philosophy The University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  4. 4.Charles Sturt UniversitySchool of Humanities and Social Sciences Charles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-3808-2
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-3809-9
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