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.

Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding children


‘Safeguarding’ was introduced into the lexicon of child protection in 1993 in the Home Office report, Safe from Harm: A Code of Practice for Safeguarding the Welfare of Children in Voluntary Organisations in England and Wales (Smith and Home Office, 1993). It was further underlined by Sir William Utting's 1997 report People Like Us, which located safeguarding as a minimum requirement for ensuring every child's physical and emotional health, education and social development (Frost and Parton, 2009). Parton (2005) also notes the seminal Laming Report (2003) and the equally significant but much less publicised, Safeguarding Children: A Joint Chief Inspector's Report on Arrangements to Safeguard Children (DH, 2002). It was unable to find a clear working definition of ‘safeguarding’ but for the ...

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