“The first text to systematically address the learning needs of post-qualifying child care social workers. Soundly organized and engagingly written with useful summaries and reflective exercises for students, it is a very fine text that will be widely used.”

– Nick Pike, University of Gloucestershire

This textbook provides an overview of the Post Qualifying Child Care Award in social work. Written in response to recent policy and training guidelines, it provides the underpinning knowledge for candidates following the Post Qualifying curriculum. It helps child care social workers acquire and develop the breadth of knowledge and understanding that characterise best practice.

Key Features

  • Includes chapters on reflective collaborative and critical practice; child development; child observation; case management and managing risk; working in partnership with children and families; inter-professional working and practice education
  • Offers links to the relevant post qualifying standards for social work
  • Presents contributions from a team of practice assessors and program candidates
  • Provides a practice-based approach — clearly links theory, research and practice
  • Gives an inter-professional perspective
  • Incorporates case studies, activities and points for reflection that encourage the reader to develop ways of challenging and improving their own practice

The book equips social workers with the relevant training, knowledge and skills to improve the quality of services and their delivery. With an emphasis upon continuing professional development, this text is suitable for social workers studying for the Child Care Award, those already in practice and other social care professionals working with children.

Collaborative Practice and its Complexity

Collaborative Practice and its Complexity

Collaborative practice and its complexity

Chapter Learning Aims

  • To develop an understanding of inter-professional and inter-agency practice in relation to the work of your organisation
  • To explore the development of professional negotiations and partnerships
  • To develop an understanding of ‘community’ as a site of contemporary social work intervention with an emphasis on innovative forms of professional practice
  • To be able to interpret and endorse developments in inter-professional and inter-agency practice


This chapter introduces theoretical ideas for practice, which embrace networking, inter-professional practice, effective communication and mobilisation of the resources of agencies working in tandem. A central assumption of the discussion is that Every Child Matters (ECM) represents yet another attempt to create a safer community of care. It embraces the personal, the inter-personal and the contextual ...

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