Strategies for Change: Beyond the Town Hall
Although a valuable end in itself, improving relationships with councillors is not the ultimate goal when it comes to advocating a more participative role in local politics for social workers. The main objective, at the end of the day, is to improve the accountability of the services to the local community. To achieve this it will not be enough for social workers to confine their energies to working within the Town Hall — even if the structures and attitudes are radically reshaped. They will need to look for ways of transforming local politics in such a manner that new relationships are opened up between professional, politician and community. In this chapter we will be exploring a number of possible strategies.
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