This volume covers the main professional activities of the author within Australia after taking up the chair of social work in late 1968. In the initial period to the mid-1970s, social institutions were being challenged to justify their existence. It was a turbulent time - especially for those heading university schools and professional bodies avowing social concerns. Cutbacks, pessimism and disillusion followed the frenetic Whitlam years. In addition to developing a social work school in this environment, the author was engaged professionally in a variety of community activities, such as with the Australian Council of Social Service, the Benevolent Society of NSW, the Aboriginal Legal Service, the Australian Council of Rehabilitation of Disabled, the International Year of the Child, and Australia's first child abuse inquiry in 1982. Key papers reflect the author's thinking and work on professions, on social work and social welfare generally, and in particular fields.