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Social Work and Foster Care

Social Work and Foster Care

February 2014 | 168 pages | Learning Matters

Working with children in foster care is a demanding and rigorous aspect of social work practice. Difficult decisions in fast-moving and often complex situations have to be made, and for students and practitioners alike, there is a vast array of legislation, law and social policy to understand.

This book is written to help social workers and social work students get to grips with the complexity of foster care. The child is placed at the heart of the text and there are substantial chapters on law, policy frameworks and the overreaching theoretical and research evidence to support good practice. There is also a strong focus on practical skills such as empathy and relationship-based practice.

This is an essential text for experienced social workers or those currently in training.

The Legal and Policy Framework for Foster Care
Recommendations Arising from Inquiry Reports and Serious Case Reviews (SCRs)
Assessment of Prospective Foster Carers
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers
Foster Carer Development and Training
Foster Carers Reviews
Fostering Panels

An ideal book for practitioners wanting to update knowledge of Fostering, and essential for those within Fostering Services, wishing to develop their practice further.

Mr Dave Mason
Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University
July 12, 2016

This is a good text for those working in fostering. The reasoning behind having "National Minimum Standards" and their relationship with The Fostering Regulations could perhaps have been explained in a bit more depth but otherwise this was a clearly written and comprehensive book which fills a gap in the market

Mr Michael Marriott
Faculty of Health & Social Care, The Open University
March 2, 2015

A useful primer text.

Mrs Kerry Fidler
School of Social Work, University of Leicester
February 16, 2015

Really good straight forward text that allows students to get to grips with essential areas within foster care

Mrs Jackie Plenty
Social Work Department, University Centre Barnsley
May 23, 2014

As most of my practice has been in foster care I enjoyed this book. It is a book that is useful for social workers, foster carers and students.

Mr Philip Heslop
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
May 19, 2014

Excellent text- will help students understand much more about current social work and contemporary foster care.

Dr Kate D'Arcy
social studies, Bedfordshire University
May 1, 2014

A useful survey of an area of work that is of increasing importance, especially for social work studentts

Mr Michael Marriott
Faculty of Health & Social Care, The Open University
March 21, 2014

Helen Cosis Brown

Helen Cosis Brown is a Principal Lecturer in Social Work at Middlesex University.  She also works as an independent foster carer reviewing officer and currently chairs a local authority fostering panel. She worked as a social worker and a social work manager in inner London before moving into social work education. Her publications focus on fostering and adoption and social work with lesbians and gay men. More About Author

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