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Social Work with Children and Families

Social Work with Children and Families

Fourth Edition

March 2016 | 232 pages | Learning Matters

'An excellent introduction to social work with children and families. It links practice with legislation and highlights relevant research findings'. - Mr Dan Burrows,Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Working with children and families is one of the most challenging, skilled, but ultimately rewarding, areas of social work practice. Social workers need to be able to work with a diverse group of children and their families: from babies to teenagers, single parents to two-parent families and multi-carer families, as well as with a diverse group of professionals, such as the police, schools, hospitals, health centres and various community organisations. They need to be able to understand the law, policy and legislation that surrounds social work with children and families, while continually developing their own skills. Such skills include communication, preparation and planning, intervention, recognition, identification and assessment of significant harm, recording and report writing, managing oneself and the work, problem solving, research and analysis and decision making. This fully revised new edition aims to guide you through all of these areas and more.   

There are chapters on safeguarding, substitute care for children, family support for children and families, life story work and direct work with children.  

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
Life story work with children and young people
Social Work with Children with Disabilities and Their Families
Substitute Care for Children
Appendix 1 Professional Capabilities Framework

This is a good book for students to develop awareness of social poicy, good introductory text

Mrs Karin J Scott
Faculty of Education and Society, Sunderland University
August 2, 2018

This is an ideal text for social work students in their first year of study. The various excellent contributions provide material for all of the parts of the curriculum. The book is an excellent refresher for all practitioners.

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

good clear text that forges clear links between law, policy and practice for practitioners and academics interested in the area of study

Mrs Tracey Wornast
Early Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
March 30, 2016

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