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Palgrave Macmillan

Social Work with Children

ISBN 9780230308145
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Practical Social Work Series

When working with children to promote their welfare and safeguard them from harm, the best course of action is not always clear. Based on two of the most important organizing frameworks – human ecology and child development – Social Work with Children provides an invaluable guide for working with a wide range of children.

Divided into two parts, this book:

• Explores interactions between children's development, their relationships and the environments in which they are brought up, at different stages in their lives;

• Demonstrates how up-to-date legislation and policy across the UK shapes practice with different groups of children;

• Considers the expectations and requirements of social workers, and how this influences the development of professional identity;

• Encourages readers to reflect on their own skills, knowledge and experience by providing practice pointers throughout.

This is an outstandingly clear and comprehensive guide to social work with children for students and practitioners in the field.

Gordon Jack is Professor of Social Work (Children, Youth and Families) at Northumbria Univesity, UK.

Helen Donnellan is Project Development Manager in the School of Social Sciences and Social Work at University of Plymouth, UK. In this role, she has responsibility for a range of projects from the development and accreditation of professional and academic programmes to actively undertaking research in areas of health and social care.

1. Child Development: The Foundation Years
2. Child Development: Middle Childhood
3. Child Development: Adolescence
4. Childhood in the UK Today
5. Developing as a Professional
6. Working with Children in Need and their Families
7. Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children
8. Working with Children Looked After Away from Home, Placed for Adoption, or Leaving Care
9. Working with Disabled Children and their Families
10. Working with Young Offenders
11. Working with Children with Mental Health Problems


'The authors are to be congratulated on producing such a readable text. It draws on a wide range of source materials and clearly sets out theory and research to aid understanding of the contexts around, and lessons for, practice.'- Brian Littlechild, Professor of Social Work, University of Hertfordshire, UK
'This book provides a unique perspective for students and practitioners in child and family social work.Contemporary policy and research evidence is thoroughly linked to ecological theory and child development to provide a guide for best practice across a range of settings. A strength of this book is the attention to similarities and differences in policies and practices across all four UK nations.' - Dr Sally Holland, Reader in Social Work, Cardiff University, UK
'Helen Donnellan and Gordon Jack have provided us with a rich text that not only clearly delineates the contemporary situation for practitioners but also details the historical journey in terms of how policy and practice has developed. This is a very timely publication and I would recommend it to all those with an interest in children's social work'- Nushra Mansuri, leader on social work issues in England, on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers, UK
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