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Social Work with Looked After Children

Social Work with Looked After Children

Third Edition

April 2019 | 352 pages | Learning Matters
This practical book looks at the experiences of children in need who live in state care and the social worker's role in working with them. This is a popular guide to this complex and demanding area of practice. There are chapters on communication and children's rights, life story work, attachment and culture, ethnicity and faith. Throughout the book there are sections on supporting legislation and policy for children in residential care, foster care, adoption and leaving care. 

Key features include:
  • Practical links between theory and practice
  • Includes law and policy relevant to looked-after children
  • Information on understanding statistics
  • Contains lots of practical activities
Chapter 1: Policy and Statistics
Chapter 2: The Legal Framework
Chapter 3: Pathways and Placement Types
Chapter 4: Assessment, Care Planning and Contact
Chapter 5: Communication Skills: Participation, Children's Rights and Life Story Work
Chapter 6: Diversity and Equality
Chapter 7: Disabled Children
Chapter 8: Attachment, Adversity and Resilience
Chapter 9: Looked After Children and Mental Health
Chapter 10: Education of Looked After Children
CHapter 11: Health of Looked After Children
Chapter 12: Adoption and Permanence
Chapter 13: Leaving Care

Very specific to LAC (as the title suggests!) I was just looking for something a little more broad. Useful when exploring strategies and methods for LAC and the process behind this though.

Miss Sunnie Sian
Teacher Education & Prof Development, CWA Assessor
July 5, 2022

This book is very well written and is informative. It provides a good overview for social work students on looked after children

Miss Meldene Elder
Social Work Department, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
September 11, 2019

this is One of the best little books I have read in relation to looked after children - clear detail going through all the different stages appropriate. Brilliant social work students and lecturers as well as professionals.

Mrs Toni Benaton
Britannia Mill Campus, Derby University
June 5, 2019

A very accessible text, suitable for social work students preparing for and during practice placements. A particularly useful chapter focusing upon work with children with disabilities.

Mr Scott Massie
Social Work Department, Liverpool Hope University
July 10, 2019

Wide-ranging coverage of an important area covered in an accessible way

Mr Robin Sen
Department of Sociological Studies, Sheffield University
July 15, 2019

Christine Cocker

Lucille Allain

Lucille Allain is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Middlesex University and a Programme Leader for the social work pre-qualifying programmes. She has 18 years of child and family social work experience in child protection, looked after children and disabled children. Her experience spans working as a social worker, manager and in commissioning and developing new services. Her current research focuses on social work practice and young people leaving care. More About Author

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