In this uniquely vivid and compelling textbook, the authors reflect on eight challenging situations they have faced in the world of child protection social work. Their candid accounts provide in-depth case studies in how to work reflectively, using theory and research in situations of pressure and dilemma. They cover many common aspects of practice, including:
• assessing risk;
• managing different professional perspectives;
• working with uncooperative clients;
• dealing with organisational change.
Throughout the book, the authors pause at intervals to reveal their thoughts and feelings, either as reflections in the moment or afterwards, and they invite the reader to do the same. Their detailed analysis will allow you to understand why particular decisions might be made, and how you can overcome similar predicaments using the tools of reflective practice. Annotated further readings lists and a glossary of terms offer further resources for study.
The realities of child protection social work can intimidating for even the most seasoned practitioners. This book is designed to empower both students and qualified professionals to practise safely, responsibly and confidently.
Jadwiga Leigh qualified as a social worker in 2005 and has worked in various statutory and voluntary settings. She is a lecturer in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield.
Jane Laing is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Sheffield. She qualified as social worker in 1999 and has worked in a variety of statutory Children and Families services.
Part 1: working with children and families;
Applying a person-centred approach;
Supporting families in a culture of blame;
Working constructively with uncooperative clients;
Dealing with manipulative parents and unhealthy attachments;
Dealing with attachment and trust issues;
Managing large sibling groups;
Focusing on the needs of the parent;
Part 2: Working with colleagues and managers;
Managing different professional perspectives;
Encouraging effective supervision;
Dealing with a colleagues suspension;
"By applying multiple theories and perspectives to a series of extensive case studies, drawn from the authors’ practice experience, this book offers a valuable lesson in critical reflection for social work practice." David Wilkins, Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire
"The strength of this fascinating book lies in its unique attention to detail. Weaving case study material together with theoretical perspectives and reflective commentary, it provides us with a rare insight into the complexities of everyday social work practice." Jo Warner, University of Kent