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.

Communication: How to Improve Your Skills

Communication: How to improve your skills

Key Points of Chapter

  • What are effective communication skills with children across age groups?
  • The need to keep a child focus in all your communication work
  • Communicating with parents and carers
  • Diversity and the effective use of interpreters
  • Special considerations for children with communication difficulties
  • How to work with collusive or resistant families
  • The use of ‘Authoritative Practice’ as part of your skills repertoire
  • Confidentiality - the myths and realities of keeping appropriate boundaries

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

(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 ...
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