• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Carefully researched and highly readable, this textbook explores what enables good and effective practice in local authority field social work delivered to children, young people, and their families.

The book sets the context for local authority social work practice and then chapter-by-chapter takes the reader carefully through the social work process. Detailed case studies work really well in embedding the legal and theoretical context firmly within the practice challenges of safeguarding children. Overall the book is about social workers effecting change so that children can continue to live successfully with their families and within their communities.

Key Features:

Strong links between theory and practice; Core themes relevant to training and practice – assessment, decision-making, interprofessional collaboration and reflective practice; Accessible and jargon-free, also includes a useful glossary of relevant legislation; Learning points and case study exercises in each chapter

Written in a lively and engaging style, students and newly qualified social workers will find this book provides a helpful introduction to children and families local authority social work as it exists today. It will be invaluable for students taking courses in child and family social work and child protection. The book will also appeal to experienced practitioners who want to explore action research or create the space for reflective practice as part of their continuous professional development. It will help other professionals involved in supporting children develop insight into the practice of social workers.

Intervention and Planning
Intervention and planning

The term intervention is used to describe the action to effect change with the child, young person and parent/carer. As previously discussed, prior to the intervention consideration needs to be given to what services should be offered, the availability of resources and what is likely to bring the best outcome for the child. It will then be possible to establish a plan that outlines the actions required and who does them. Working Together also stresses the importance of working to ‘timescales that are appropriate to the child’ (DCSF 2010:177).

Important elements of any intervention will be working with the child and family as well as other agencies involved in supporting the child. The plan will always be multidisciplinary and those involved ...

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