Narrative Social Work: Conversations between theory and practice

Karen Roscoe, Iolo Madoc Jones, Lolo Madoc-Jones

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

16 Citations (Scopus)


This paper begins by reviewing the current situation in social work practice. It is contended that much of the literature around social work consists of diverse models of practice that urge social workers to take up various theoretical positions. Equally, social workers are often encouraged to listen to the views of service users. In this complexity, it is often difficult for social workers to know which approach to take. This paper goes on to propose a narrative-based approach to social work practice. Narrative social work is defined as a conversation between theory and practice, which can lead to development in both social workers and service users. An example from the lead author's practice is used to outline the model in action. The paper concludes with some comments about the values inherent in narrative based social work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-61
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice
Issue number1
Early online date26 Nov 2010
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • narratives
  • critical realism;
  • conversations
  • engagement
  • reflection


Dive into the research topics of 'Narrative Social Work: Conversations between theory and practice'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this