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Professor Jonathan Scourfield blogs about J.K. Rowling’s portrayal of social work in her new book

24 October 2012

The Casual Vacancy, cover of J.K Rowling's new book

Jonathan Scourfield, Professor of Social Work at the School of Social Sciences, has contributed an article to Community Care’s Children’s Services Blog about J.K. Rowling’s first published book for adults, The Casual Vacancy

In contrast to recent negative portrayals of social work in Eastenders, Rowling’s social worker character is portrayed sympathetically and realistically, in a book that could be added to reading lists for social work students, according to Professor Scourfield.

At the heart of the story is a troubled family living in a small English town. The book depicts realistic scenarios of how social work intervention can make a positive difference in difficult circumstances.

Please click here to read the blog article