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.

Effective Planning

Effective planning

Key Points of Chapter

  • Effective planning for children will promote and safeguard their welfare
  • Children must always be at the centre of your planning focus
  • Effective planning invariably means working with other agencies - expect both to challenge and be challenged
  • In order to be effective, plans must be reviewed in meaningful ways and any non-compliance followed up

Proposed Professional Capabilities Framework areas covered in this chapter

  • Professionalism
  • Values and Ethics
  • Diversity
  • Rights, Justice and Poverty
  • Knowledge
  • Critical Reflection and Analysis
  • Interventions and Skills
  • Contexts and Organisations
  • Professional Leadership

(Social Work Reform Board, 2010 - see Appendix 1)

Draft Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers in England covered in this chapter

  • Be able to practise safely and effectively within their scope of practice
  • Be able to practise within the legal and ethical boundaries of their profession
  • Be able ...
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