Social Work Practice with Children and Families
- Carolyn Spray
- Beverley Jowett - University of Sheffield, UK
Social Work in Action series
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.
- 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.
This text allows the students to understand the processes of social work. Its detailed sections are informative and sequential and enables the student to develop their knowledge and understanding in relation to all aspects of the assessment process and give a clear and concise account of best practice.
provides a clear and helpful link between theory and practice for students who are intending to work with young people
Highly recommend this text, it is very useful for students who wish to go into social work. It gives clarity to the processes undertaken through assessment and how they conclude. Also demonstrates how it impacts to practical application and allows and guides students to become critical reflective practitioners.
This is a book that covers all the main points of practice and the students have found it useful.
An essential read for social workers and social work students working with children and families.
This book, in a very clear and concrete way allows students to aprehend a whole project cycle and its component phases. With a perspective very targeted for intervention with children and families, it goes through all phases of a project cycle (from diagnosis to final assessment) explaining strategies and providing very concrete clues of how to intervene.
I have recommended this book to learners studying safeguarding modules within Early Years Studies. the chapter on setting the scene is particularly beneficial, giving a useful explanation of why we are where we are in terms of legislation and policy. not just of use for social work students, this is also helpful for any Early Years students
I found this book to be an interesting and informative read and each chapter takes you through the assessment process that enables the reader to revisit if experienced and if new to social work, taking through the process of an assessment and what should be covered and addressed in undertaking an assessment.
Covers the basics of current practice remarkably well, and provides an effective sprinkling of case studies.
Well set out and very informative. Good clear explanations for students coming newly into social work.