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.

Social Work Theories, Values and Methods: Where Does Your Practice Fit?

Social work theories, values and methods: Where does your practice fit?

Key Points of Chapter

  • You must have a ‘grand theory’ of the world to help you understand your actions and the lives of the children and families with whom you work
  • You must have sufficient understanding of the theories relating to child development if you are to make informed judgements and be able to discuss issues knowledgably with professionals from other disciplines
  • Theory is not just for the classroom - theory is necessary to support effective social work
  • Rigid adherence to only one theory does not do justice to the complexity of social work with children and families
  • Merely saying that you are eclectic in your approach to theory ...
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