Why is networking important in social work

Network orientation in social work

Shaping the social - a challenge for Europe pp 61-81 | Cite as

  • Anne Eggert
  • Angelika Heinen


The theoretical discussion about the importance of networks in social work has a long history, but is currently being intensively conducted again. There are several motive strands to be distinguished: On the one hand, it is about the social space orientation of social work. The wide range of focusing of networks through different methods and action concepts ranges from the various concepts in community work, the concept of lifeworld orientation to the addition of network orientation in work with families to empowerment or case management. In this context, the concept of the social network is intended to specify intervention options that correspond to the development of methods from case orientation to field orientation. On the other hand, it is about the idea of ​​a more intensive networking of social assistance offers and social services, i.e. professional networks, with the aim of improving the effectiveness of care in the interests of those affected.

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