Social work with children and families is constantly in the headlines and social workers' decisions are subject to ever increasing scrutiny at all levels. This aspirational book supports students and newly qualified social workers and suggests practical ways in which they might thrive, rather than just survive, in practice. The book tackles the different challenges that students and practitioners can be faced with, outlining common pitfalls and how to avoid these.
Reflective questions are used throughout the book, ensuring that students critically evaluate their own practice. Case examples and case studies drawn from the authors' recent practice are included throughout the book to illuminate the realities of contemporary social work with children and families.
- Chapter 1: What Do Social Workers Do?
- Chapter 2: Social Work Theories, Values and Methods: Where Does Your Practice Fit?
- Chapter 3: Legislation and Policy: What You Need to Have at Your Fingertips to Be Effective
- Chapter 4: Child Development: The Importance of Having a Sound Understanding About Life Stages in Children
- Chapter 5: Communication: How to Improve Your Skills
- Chapter 6: Assessment: Your Role in This Complex Dynamic
- Chapter 7: Safeguarding, Child Protection and Your Chance to Make a Difference
- Chapter 8: Analysis: Critical Skills for Effectiveness
- Chapter 9: Effective Planning
- Chapter 10: Recording: Purpose, Importance, Techniques
- Chapter 11: Working in and Around the Organisation
- Chapter 12: Looking After Yourself