Practical Social Work Series

by Founding Editor: Jo Campling

Anti-Discriminatory Practice

6th edition
by Neil Thompson

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Contemporary society is characterised by its ever-increasing diversity. Having sold over 70,000 copies, Neil Thompson's classic text remains a trusted introduction to the challenges of promoting social justice and equality.

Addressing the ways in which social workers can effectively challenge inequality within society, the book explores the many forms of discrimination that can lead to disadvantage, disempowerment and oppression. Written with Thompson's inimitable clarity, this edition features:
  • Three all-new chapters, including a contextual introduction and chapters on sexuality and religious discrimination
  • An explicit theory base, through extended discussion of the widely used PCS model
  • A range of questions for reflection and comprehensive guidance on further reading, incorporating books, articles and websites.
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Endorsements of the previous edition:
Undoubtedly, Anti-Discriminatory Practice remains an important text for us all. -British Journal of Social Work
This book should be read by any student who is training to be a human services practitioner. Good practice has to be anti-discriminatory practice, and Thompson sensitively explains why we all need to challenge our own prejudices on an ongoing basis. -Andrea Hollomotz, Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Classic text, useful on all social work modules. -Robert Goemans, Faculty of Health Life & Social Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK
Neil Thompson's books continue to be essential reading for students. -Dave Mason, Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University, UK

Author Biography

Dr Neil Thompson is a Director of Avenue Consulting Ltd (, a company based in Wales offering training and consultancy services in relation to social and occupational well-being.

He has previously held full and honorary professorships at four UK universities and has over 150 publications to his name, including bestselling textbooks, papers in learned journals and training and development materials. His recent books include:
  • The Palgrave Social Work Companion (with Sue Thompson, Macmillan International Higher Education, 2008)
  • The Critically Reflective Practitioner (with Sue Thompson, Macmillan International Higher Education, 2008)
  • People Skills (Macmillan International Higher Education, 3rd edn, 2009)
  • Understanding Social Work: Preparing for Practice (Macmillan International Higher Education, 3rd edn, 2009)
  • Practising Social Work: Meeting the Professional Challenge (Macmillan International Higher Education, 2009)
  • Theorizing Social Work Practice (Macmillan International Higher Education, 2010)
  • Crisis Intervention (Russell House Publishing, 2nd edn, 2011)
  • Promoting Equality: Working with Diversity and Difference (Macmillan International Higher Education, 3rd edn, 2011)
  • Effective Communication (Macmillan International Higher Education, 2nd edn, 2011)
  • Grief and its Challenges (Macmillan International Higher Education, 2012)
He has also produced several training manuals (including Promoting Equality, Valuing Diversity, Russell House Publishing, 2009) and a range of DVD-based learning resources (

Neil has over thirty four years’ experience as a practitioner, manager, educator, consultant and expert witness in the human services. He is very well respected for his ability to communicate complex ideas in an accessible way without oversimplifying them.

He has been a speaker at seminars and conferences in the UK, Ireland, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada, the United States, Australia and India, and has qualifications in social work, management (MBA), training and development, mediation and dispute resolution, as well as a first-class honours degree in Social Sciences, a doctorate (PhD) and a higher doctorate (DLitt).

Neil is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Royal Society of Arts (elected to the latter on the basis of his contribution to workplace learning). He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Life Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. He was formerly the editor of the US-based international journal Illness, Crisis & Loss, and currently edits the free Well-beingBULLETIN monthly e-zine ( and runs the Social Work Focus website ( In addition, he is a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement.

He is now a sought-after workshop facilitator, consultant and conference speaker. His website, which features his blog and ‘Tip of the Week’, is at