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.

Looking After Yourself

Looking after yourself

Key Points of Chapter

  • The social work environment is a highly pressured one that calls for resilient workers
  • You cannot deliver effective social work services if you do not have a good work/home life balance
  • Some work environments are inherently unhealthy and should be challenged
  • There is an onus on management to take responsibility for the health of their teams
  • You have a personal/family responsibility for keeping yourself healthy by making a good work-life balance a reality
  • There may be untapped strengths and resources in your teams
  • Supervision and training have a critical role to play in your healthy and productive development as a professional
  • Recent government-backed reports seek to bring about a learning and supportive culture within social work

Proposed Professional Capabilities Framework covered in this chapter

  • Professionalism
  • Values and ...
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