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Social Work with Children and Families

Third Edition


200 pages | Learning Matters
Social work with children and families is a challenging, complex but ultimately rewarding pathway for the student social worker. This fully-revised new edition aims to guide the student through the legislation, policy and law that surrounds social work with children and families, while providing a solid foundation for critical thinking. Vital skills and methods such as communication, observation and assessments are explored in detail while the ethical and value base of social work practice underpins the text. Recommendations from the Munro Review into Child Protection are referred to throughout.
 
Introduction
 
Values and Ethics in Social Work with Children and Families
 
The Legal and Political Context of Social Work with Children and Families
 
Family Support in Social Work with Children and Families
 
Working Effectively with Children and Families in the Safeguarding Children Arena
 
Direct Work with Children and Young People
 
Social Work with Children with Disabilities and Their Families
 
Substitute Care for Children
 
Conclusion

A further exemplary accessible exploration of contemporary issues in this area with an appropriate balance of policy and practice.

Mrs Jackie M'Cartney
School of Care, Runshaw Adult College
August 4, 2014

Good all rounder. Particularly liked the legal and political chapter which will be used across the programme.

Ms Ros Sanders
Faculty of health and science, University of Cumbria
July 1, 2014

Provides a broad overview but I would have liked to see more attention paid to multi agency working

Mrs Christine Atkins
School of Social Work, Kingston University
June 5, 2014

Straight forward text that provides a good overview of child and family social work.

Mrs Jackie Plenty
School of Applied Social Sciences and Social Work, University Campus Suffolk
May 23, 2014

This is an excellent introduction to social work with children and families. It links practice with legislation and highlights relevant research findings. It is full of practical advice which is linked realistically to the tasks of modern social work. The new chapter on direct work with children is particularly welcome, and is clearly set out with consideration of working with children and young people throughout the whole course of development. Even though it is aimed primarily at social workers, it will be a useful text for all health and social care workers.

Mr Dan Burrows
Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University
February 19, 2014

a good knowledge base, however the text seemed a little simplistic in places for my liking.

Mr Matt Nicholson
Health, Care and Wellbeing, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
January 27, 2014

Useful introduction to the field.

Mr Colin Watt
Social Work and Advice Studies, Staffordshire University
December 20, 2013

This book has proven popular with students entering the BA course, and provides a sound introduction to social work with children and families.

Mr Warren Smith
School of Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
November 14, 2013

This is helpful introductory text in effectively working with children and families. It guides students through the legislation and policy context for this area of social work and promotes thoughtful and critically engaged practice. The book explores effective observation, communication and assessment and introduces the significance of relationship based social work. Activities and points for reflection are provided.

Miss Jacky Foster
Social Work , Cornwall College
July 31, 2013

Useful information with numerous examples and study materials

Ms MARY ANDALL-STANBERRY
Childhood Studies Chatham Department, Canterbury Christ Church University
March 14, 2013

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Maureen O'Loughlin

Maureen is an Independent Social Work Consultant who was formerly the Director of Social Work programmes at the University of Leeds. She has substantial experience working with children and families as a social worker and a Guardian ad Litem. She now undertakes independent assessments for court proceedings in a variety of areas and continues her interest in adoption through chairing a local authority adoption panel and the Independent Reviewing Mechanism. More About Author

Steve O'Loughlin

Steve is an Independent Social Work Consultant, but he was previously Practice Co-ordinator for the Social Work programmes at the University of Leeds where he developed the practice curriculum for the new social work degree at the University. He currently acts as an Independent Practice Assessor for qualifying students, practice teachers and post-qualification awards. He is an experienced fostering and adoption worker and undertakes independent assessment for a number of agencies. More About Author

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