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Introduction The purpose of this assignment is to provide a framework to distinguish how radical and non-radical perspectives can be used The paper will explore a range of casework and socio-political orientation theories through discussion of the unique challenges of Vanessa Thomas and her children case study Radical casework is quite different to the traditional or non-radical approach Traditional understanding puts emphasis on the individual and sees the social environment as a mixture of interpersonal relationships and roles within the direct social surroundings of family friends and work Bailey Brake 1975 Galper 1980 On the other hand the radical approach includes ideas of how various aspects of the broad socio-economic framework such as dominant beliefs exploitative and oppressive practices in power affect the individual It aims to address the structural inequality in the wider society Certain principle values of both approaches can appear at times to conflict Thompson 2000 says that these values do not conflict but asks that the person is seen as an individual and part of a wider web of social and political factors Petruchenia and Thorpe 1990 go one step further stating that the difference between radical and more conventional casework is related to the interpretation of the social milieu Presenting Problem Building on the assignment case overview the following information provides an abbreviated history on Vanessas experiences to now Early Childhood Father was an alcoholic physically abused family members Mother separated from Father when Vanessa was nine Teenage Years From 13-18 Vanessa substance abuse developed starting with alcohol and occasional cannabis use and through to amphetaminescocaine Started to get involved in petty crime By 18 drugs were needed to feel normal Twenties Increased drug addiction resulted in more serious criminal offences - stealing armed robbery and prostitution gave birth to two children during this period ThirtiesAt age 34 jailed for armed robberyUndertook drug rehabilitation program and was subjected to racism Released from prison at
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