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.

Youth Justice

Youth Justice

Youth justice


The Crime and Disorder Act (CDA) 1998, Part111, states precisely that the principal aim for youth justice agencies is to be the ‘prevention of offending’.

At first sight the above statement might appear to be a clear and straightforward instruction, which assists us with definition. However, youth justice as a system is far from ‘straightforward’ to deal with conceptually. Children and young people implicated in the criminal justice system will have a ‘need’ and a ‘right’ to be assessed in a manner which focuses on their ‘non-adult’ status, and to have their legal rights respected. Social workers need to be educated and developed to assess, evaluate, and to advocate on behalf of children and young people in situations characterised by unmet need, vulnerability, and ...

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