An authoritative text highlighting the key issues affecting young people taking the step from leaving care to adulthood. Covers relevant research, policy and practice, and advises on how best to understand, prepare and support young people.
Principles of effective foster care are rooted in personal narratives drawn from over 20 years of experience of social care work. With innovative care models and compelling case studies, the authors reflect on current principles and practice, while identifying and recommending the need for change in certain areas.
This Second Edition is part of the School Social Work Association of America Oxford Workshop Series and contains updates on applying Solution-focused Brief Therapy to specific problem areas that school social workers frequently encounter. Clinical case examples have been expanded to provide to incorporate a Response to Intervention approach.
A handbook for practitioners on early intervention and effective ways to support vulnerable families, this book looks at a number of the challenges practitioners face and presents strategies for overcoming the common obstacles. This third edition has been updated to reflect current policy and practice.
Introducing strengths-based programs for families of young children in critical social contexts: family, school, community and policy, this book describes a wide range of systems/contextual approaches based in current understanding of children s development, stress and resilience in families, and the two-generational approach to intervention.
Family Support introduces and explores the state of the art in preventative social work with children and young people. Drawing on contemporary thinking and research, the book aims to make a contribution to current debates about how we can best support families in need.
Offering an overview and fully integrated account of family support, this book is ideal for anyone involved in preparing or delivering family support, as well as for students and lecturers on the subject.
Since the risk of abuse is highest in the early years, it's vital that those working with young children understand how to support children who have encountered abuse. This is a straightforward, practical guide to creating safe environments for these children, including exercises, case studies, and tips on working individually and in teams.
This is a direct work book on how to start conversations on difficult subjects with children and young people. Covering challenging topics such as suicide, domestic violence, drug or alcohol misuse, as well as giving evidence in court, this book also includes examples and activity ideas to help support and guide the child.
This book introduces the concept of emotional politics. It shows how collective emotions, such as anger, shame, fear and disgust, are generated and reflected by official documents, politicians and the media.
This book explores the policy and practice possibilities offered by a social model of child protection. Drawing on developments in mental health and disability studies, it examines the conceptual, political and practice implications of this new framework.
For decades, child protection systems have striven to provide responsive services to vulnerable children and families in the face of the constant change and instability caused by the bureaucratization of child protection.
This book offers strategies to resolve common challenging behaviours using a low arousal approach - a non-aversive approach based on avoiding confrontation and reducing stress. It explains challenging behaviours, and offers guidance on how families can manage different types of challenging behaviour, such as physical aggression and self-injury.
This readable, informative and thought-provoking book is a compelling invitation to rethink our attitudes to young children's rights in the light of new theories, research and practical evidence about children's daily lives. It will be of interest to anyone who works with young children.
Child sexual abuse is a global problem that negatively affects many women and girls. This book draws on this revolutionary legacy, feminism and post-structuralism to critically examine perceptions of women, girls and child abuse in psychology, psychiatry and the mass media, and to re-evaluate mainstream and feminist approaches to this subject.
A guide to promoting inclusive practice in childcare and educational settings taking into account children's cultural, ethnic, religious and linguistic backgrounds. It covers topics such as: race, religion and culture; major religions beliefs; the role of play and development; and identity and self-esteem.
Shows how the psychoanalytic concept of containment and the child development concept of reciprocity can be used together to inform clinical work with young children and their families. Using extracts of mother/child interactions, this book explores the relationship between these concepts, and shows how they underpin the quality of an attachment.
Interprofessional collaborations to prevent the social exclusion of children and young people call for new professional skills and understandings. This book draws on an examination of these ways of working to make clear what these new skills and understandings are and how they can be developed.
This reader provides a critical account of the theoretical and practical issues raised in working with children and families. It draws on debates from a range of disciplines to shed light on different perspectives, forms of practice and dimensions of policy.
A growing number of children and young people in Britain today are required to provide care and support for a parent or other family member with a long-term illness or disability. This book offers an insight into the needs of these young carers, and outlines the impact on their lives.
This new edition of Olive Stevenson's highly respected text is updated throughout to include the latest policy and research developments, and expanded to include greater consideration of topics such as the impact of parental mental health, substance abuse and alcoholism on parental capacity and the issue of parents with learning disabilities.
This book provides an overview of the challenges primary health care professionals now face in recognising and responding to concerns about a child's safety from abuse and neglect. It provides practical accounts and perspectives from a range of frontline practitioners, backed up by theoretical insights from leading academics in the field.
A timely reader of interest to a wide academic discipline base, providing a critical account and new theoretical perspectives on practical issues arising in working with children of all ages and their families. Uniquely, it brings together discussion of early years with later childhood, including adolescence and transitions into adulthood.
Martin Davies brings together contributors from a range of universities and practice backgrounds to provide incisive perspectives on this complex field. One half of a unique duet of texts, this book explores the issues within policy, law, theory and research, which will define practice for the next generation of child and family social workers.
Freedoms Flowers is a book about the effects of domestic abuse on children. It is composed of firsthand accounts from these children and their mothers. Some of the children write as adults from memory and some are male. The youngest contributor is eight years old.
Parental Learning Disability and Children's Needs explores how to effectively assess children in families where one or more parent has a learning disability. These children often have unmet needs because their parents are more likely to be coping with mental and physical illness, domestic violence or substance abuse.
Promoting children's wellbeing examines the various policies and practices which are intended to contribute to children's wellbeing. This work includes topics such as: the development of children's identities, the value of play in the lives of contemporary children, the promotion of children's health, risk and staying safe, and family law.
Good Practice in Child Protection is a practical handbook for use by all professionals who work with child abuse cases as they get to grips with the new legislation on child protection. The book is soundly based on theory, but its main emphasis is on practice, and it includes exercises to improve practice in specific areas of child protection work.
This book examines the contribution of the NHS to the multi-agency and inter-professional child protection process. It examines the roles played by health professionals within child protection and investigates the nature and operation of the central policy community and local provider networks.
This book charts key British developments in child welfare, child poverty research and state support for children from 1800 to the present day. With direct quotations from key sources, it argues that even in the face of clear evidence of hardship the response of policy makers to child poverty has been ambivalent.
This book explores the policy and theoretical frameworks underpinning childcare, focusing on the key issues of childcare policy, legislation and practice. It uses case studies to illustrate the application of the frameworks in practice.
Describes an innovative approach to therapeutic work which builds on the strengths of children and their parents. As the author's experience shows, helping clients to focus on potential solutions rather than problems can be a powerful means of engaging them in the therapeutic process.
Inventing Adulthoods is based on a study of a diverse group of young people over a 10 year period. The book explores high profile policy issues including: education, employment, drugs, cultures of violence and well-being. It is the set book for the Open University course Youth: Perspectives and Practice (KE308).
This book addresses the key themes in child neglect, draws on current research and practice knowledge and sets out the implications for practice. With a joint health and social work focus, this interdisciplinary book is an essential resource for all professionals working towards integrated and collaborative childcare services.
Culture and Child Protection is a concise exploration of the close links between social service practices and cultural values which offers a culturally sensitive model of child protection practice. The authors demonstrate the ways in which a combination of personal, professional and societal attitudes often influence practice decisions.
Safeguarding Children and Schools explains how schools are able to contribute to keeping children safe from harm and promoting their welfare, in line with Government Every Child Matters guidelines. At a time when expectations of the role of schools are evolving, this book provides guidance and support for social care professionals.
This new and updated edition of the best-selling book on assessing children in need and their families integrates practice, policy and theory to produce a comprehensive and multidisciplinary guide to all aspects of assessment. The Child's World explores the implications of recent legislation and national guidance for assessment practice.