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.

Looked After Children

Looked after children


In England, the term ‘looked after’ was introduced by the Children Act 1989, and is the legislative term for children in public care:

A child is looked after by a local authority (LA) if s/he is in their care by reason of a care order, or is provided with accommodation under section 20 of the Act for more than 24 hours with the agreement of the parents, or of the child if s/he is aged 16 or over (section 22 (1) and (2) of the 1989 Act). (DCSF, 2010a: 6)

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children, those subject to court orders with residence requirements (secure or remand), and those looked after on a planned basis for short breaks or respite care are looked after children ...

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