This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the center of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life.

Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.

This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.




Adoption is a means of providing a permanent family for children who cannot be raised by their birth parents. Adoptive parents become the child's legal parents upon the making of an Adoption Order, they acquire parental responsibility (PR) and the child will usually take on their surname. Unless ongoing support services are to be provided, the local authority ceases involvement upon the making of the order. An Adoption Order is the only order in childcare law which severs the birth parents' parental responsibility and makes the child a legal, lifelong member of another family.

Although the child no longer has a legal relationship with members of their birth family, they may continue to have occasional contact with them, either indirectly by letter through the adoption ...

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