Effective Social Work with Children and Families: A Skills Handbook

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SAGE Publications, Mar 5, 2012 - Social Science - 224 pages
Social work with children and families is constantly in the headlines and social workers' decisions are subject to ever increasing scrutiny at all levels. This aspirational book supports students and newly qualified social workers and suggests practical ways in which they might thrive, rather than just survive, in practice. The book tackles the different challenges that students and practitioners can be faced with, outlining common pitfalls and how to avoid these.

Reflective questions are used throughout the book, ensuring that students critically evaluate their own practice. Case examples and case studies drawn from the authors' recent practice are included throughout the book to illuminate the realities of contemporary social work with children and families.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 WHAT DO SOCIAL WORKERS DO?
5
WHERE DOES YOUR PRACTICE FIT?
18
WHAT YOU NEED TO HAVE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS TO BE EFFECTIVE
31
THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A SOUND UNDERSTANDING ABOUT LIFE STAGES IN CHILDREN
44
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS
58
YOUR ROLE IN THIS COMPLEX DYNAMIC
75
7 SAFEGUARDING CHILD PROTECTION AND YOUR CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
112
PURPOSE IMPORTANCE TECHNIQUES
149
11 WORKING IN AND AROUND THE ORGANISATION
159
12 LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF
171
CONCLUSION
185
APPENDIX
187
GLOSSARY
196
REFERENCES
204
INDEX
212

CRITICAL SKILLS FOR EFFECTIVENESS
124
9 EFFECTIVE PLANNING
132

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