The Nameless Social Worker represents not only the author herself, but all those dedicated individuals within social work whose invaluable service to the community all too often goes unrecognised. The author, a social worker for over twenty years, examines the attitude of society, and in particular the media, towards social work and suggests why the profession and the services it provides are often under-appreciated or misconstrued. The author also argues, however, that the profession itself - including the bureaucratic machinery underpinning (and often hampering) its service delivery to clients - is equally responsible for its public portrayal. In this she gives us the benefit of her vast personal experience and puts forward her philosophy for the profession as a whole becoming more self-assured and less introverted, working with the media and the community in improving its public perception, rather than shying away from them like the proverbial mouse before the roaring lion. The book is also valuable as a fascinating and emotional insight into one woman's life, family and career.