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.

Case Study 2 Maya and Ajay

Case study 2 Maya and Ajay


Roshni is a 27-year-old British Hindu woman of Asian descent. She is a trained hairdresser. She used to work full time but now just does hairdressing for weddings and for friends. Roshni has been married to Kripa, a 35-year-old British Hindu man of Asian descent, for five years. Kripa is a qualified computer engineer. He works full time, travelling long distances and often staying away from home on business. He started to drink alcohol to an excess about a year ago after being passed over for promotion and when an affair he was having with a colleague came to an end. Roshni is unaware of the affair. They own their own home in a ...

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