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Post-Qualifying Child Care Social Work

Post-Qualifying Child Care Social Work
Developing Reflective Practice

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Social Work - Children

176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"The first text to systematically address the learning needs of post-qualifying child care social workers. Soundly organized and engagingly written with useful summaries and reflective exercises for students, it is a very fine text that will be widely used."
- Nick Pike, University of Gloucestershire

This textbook provides an overview of the Post Qualifying Child Care Award in social work. Written in response to recent policy and training guidelines, it provides the underpinning knowledge for candidates following the Post Qualifying curriculum. It helps child care social workers acquire and develop the breadth of knowledge and understanding that characterise best practice.

Key Features

  • Includes chapters on reflective collaborative and critical practice; child development; child observation; case management and managing risk; working in partnership with children and families; inter-professional working and practice education
  • Offers links to the relevant post qualifying standards for social work
  • Presents contributions from a team of practice assessors and program candidates
  • Provides a practice-based approach - clearly links theory, research and practice
  • Gives an inter-professional perspective
  • Incorporates case studies, activities and points for reflection that encourage the reader to develop ways of challenging and improving their own practice

The book equips social workers with the relevant training, knowledge and skills to improve the quality of services and their delivery. With an emphasis upon continuing professional development, this text is suitable for social workers studying for the Child Care Award, those already in practice and other social care professionals working with children.

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Introduction - Developing Holistic Social Work Practitioners
Gill Tunney
The PQ Framework, PQ and CPD Developments: Consolidation Unit
Gillian Ruch
Reflective Practice and Reflective Spaces
Gillian Ruch
Observational Practices in Working with Children and Families
Chris Warren-Adamson
Every Child Matters and the Context for Inter-Professional and Inter-Agency Practice
Kish Bhatti Sinclair
Practice Education and "Enabling Others'
Tim Gully
Focus on the Child
Fiona McKinnon
Child Observation and Professional Practice
Gillian Ruch
'Holding the Child in Mind'
Working in Partnership with Children, their Families, Carers and Professionals

Teri Rogers
Innovatory and Regulatory Practice in Contemporary Child Care Social Work
Chris Warren-Adamson
Collaborative Practice and its Complexity
Gillian Ruch
The Way Ahead
Reflective Practice and Relationships


`The first text to systematically address the learning needs of post-qualifying child care social workers. Soundly organized and engagingly written with useful summaries and reflective exercises for students, it is a very fine text that will be widely used' - Nick Pike, Principal Lecturer in Social Work, University of Gloucestershire

Brilliant book providing some key advice and critical debate progress in students from the second placement into ASye.

Mrs Toni Benaton
Britannia Mill Campus, Derby University
March 3, 2019

Very useful chapter on child observations to help students get the most out of their opportunity.

Mr Nigel Lempriere
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, London Metropolitan University
February 12, 2015

Not suitable for our course.

Mrs Anette Iversen
Faculty of Psychology, Bergen University
December 15, 2010

A useful text for postgraduate students and managers too. It usefully lays out the framework and essential compomnents of the children and families award.

Mr Dave Mason
Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University
December 7, 2010

This is a well-focused and thoughtful text and fits with the reflective approach that we aim to promote on the Programme.

Dr Danielle Turney
Social Work , Bristol University
September 1, 2010

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