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.



Who would want to be a social worker these days, especially with children and young people? Well, we hope you will and that is why you are reading this book. The media and most people you meet will all have their own opinions about social work, many of which may be negative as they only hear about the failures and tragedies. This is because of confidentiality issues, which means that most social work success stories stay in the private domain.

This book is intended for students on social work courses and for newly qualified staff; it may also be useful for professionals across other disciplines whose everyday work brings them into contact with social workers.

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