Social Work with Children and Families: Getting into Practice 3rd Edition

Author: Butler, Ian


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  • ISBN: 9781843105985
  • Author: Butler, Ian
  • Publ Date: 2011-06-15
  • Edition: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Imprint: JESSICA KINGSLEY *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 194214

Table of Contents :

Acknowledgements. Preface to the third edition. Preface to the second edition. Introduction. How to Use this Book. Part 1. Developing Basic Knowledge and Skills. Unit 1. Children and Childhood. Unit 2. The Family. Unit 3. Parenting. Unit 4. Supporting. Unit 5. Looking After. Unit 6. Child Abuse. Part 2. Developing Specialist Knowledge and Skills. Unit 7. Assessing. Unit 8. Planning. Unit 9. Child Protection. Unit 10. Court Craft. References. Index.


This key text covers the knowledge and skills that social workers need to get into practice with children and families. The book covers core components of child and family work such as building effective relationships, assessment, child protection practice and working with the law. Clear and accessible, this practical book features case studies, questions and exercises throughout. This third edition covers the very latest developments in child and family work, including changes in professional practice that emphasise the importance of understanding child development and observation skills. Social Work with Children and Families is an indispensable text for social workers, allied health professionals, psychologists and students of social work and child care.


this text is written in straightforward language which many will appreciate. I feel it could be well used by trainers, practice educators, students and by newly qualified social workers undertaking their first year in practice and PRTL record. -- Rostrum This is a much welcome 3rd edition of a 'classic' text on social work with children and families. The authors candidly speak directly to the reader - social work trainee or practitioner - and give a powerful message of gently but steadily challenging assumptions and encouraging reflection on practice. The shift of focus towards the skills of practice in working with children and families comes at an ideal time within the context of current national changes and challenges in social work as a profession in general, and in the area of working with children and families in particular. Additionally, it makes for text that is undeniably able to claim international relevance for social work trainees and practitioners. -- Dr Gabriela Misca, Director of Postgraduate Studies in Social Work, Keele University, UK The third edition of this book manages to retain its focus on the core roles and tasks of the contemporary context while keeping the social work relationship and critical practice at the heart. Once again it provides a welcome foil to texts which are dominated by proceduralism and narrow definitions of evidence. Updated for the current policy climate, it now widens its critical eye to beyond the UK. It should become the key text for children and families teaching in qualifying social work education. -- Michelle Lefevre, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Sussex, UK

Author Biography:

Ian Butler is Professor of Social Work at Bath University and is currently a Special Advisor to the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government. He has published widely in the area of childcare practice and public policy, and is the co-author of Divorcing Children: Children's Experience of Their Parents' Divorce, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He is a member of the Academy of Social Sciences. Caroline Hickman has a background in Social Work and Psychotherapy. She has most recently held teaching and academic posts at the University of East London and University of Plymouth and has worked in private practice as a Psychotherapist with children and adults for the last 18 years. She is currently based at the University of Bath where her particular interests are in child observation and the participation of children and young carers in social work education.


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