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.

Analysis: Critical Skills for Effectiveness

Analysis: Critical skills for effectiveness

Key Points of Chapter

  • Children and families social work is complex and complicated. Even the briefest of encounters involves a vast amount of written and verbal information. Making effective use of this wealth of information necessitates the use of analysis
  • Analysis is the key to effective report writing, verbal presentations and reflective practice
  • You must find space to work in a reflective manner - being busy, busy, busy is not effective social work
  • Effective analysis was missing in many cases examined as part of key enquiries and serious case reviews
  • Statistics and research facts only tell one part of the social work story - reflective practice, using our emotional intelligence and analysis of children's developmental domains need to be explored in ...
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