A humorous but thought-provoking novel written by a former social worker with knowledge of the issues tackled in the book
Social Work Man charts the personal and professional transformation of Piers, as he moves from being diffident young man from a privileged background to becoming a social worker.
Piers reacts to his public school education after coming into contact with people from a council estate. This is a catalyst, encouraging Piers to reject the prevailing ethos of the school he attends and decide upon a career within social work instead, much to his father’s horror!
During his time as a social worker he encounters organisational cutbacks and financial constraints, but persists in doing his best for his clients despite the obstacles thrown in his way. In the course of his career he uncovers a major sexual abuse scandal being perpetrated by a senior figure in his own organisation who will go to extreme lengths to avoid detection.
Social Work Man is a humourous novel, but the author is not afraid to tackle topical subjects in his writing.