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Best Practice with Children and Families: Critical Social Work Stories

Cooper, Barry; Gordon, Jean and Rixon, Andrew eds. (2015). Best Practice with Children and Families: Critical Social Work Stories. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Social work practice with children, young people and families is complex, highly skilled - and fascinating. Writing about social work increasingly acknowledges the complexities and uncertainties of practice but rarely features the voice of the social worker themselves. This book takes a different approach, that of Critical Best Practice: a constructive, realistic and strengths-based approach that takes as its starting point the telling and in-depth analysis of stories about 'live' practice. The reader is encouraged to join the social work practitioner or manager as they engage with the everyday dilemmas and uncertainties of 21st century practice. Ten narratives, based round the themes of relationships, risk, and negotiation & problem solving provide varied opportunities for critical reflection and learning about social work in different contexts. Insights are offered into social work with children, from young babies to adolescents, and families with differing needs in different parts of the UK: England, Scotland and Wales.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2014 Not known
ISBN: 1-137-00301-4, 978-1-137-00301-0
Keywords: social work; best practice; critical practice; narratives; relationships; risk; negotiation; power; problems; solutions
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Other Departments > Other Departments
Other Departments
Item ID: 40829
Depositing User: Barry Cooper
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2014 15:06
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:38
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