Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages: 170
Dimensions: 296 x 210 x 10 mm
Edition: 2nd edition
I found the sections on resilience particularly helpful - and when I made use of the section on how to use research skills (e.g. developing hypotheses and cultural awareness) it received excellent feedback from students. Students commented on how it helped them to make sense of research skills, which they had previously struggled with and which with the best will in the world they had often seen as being somewhat distanced from their practice. -- Ruth Neville, Principal lecturer, Division of Social Work, University of Huddersfield
The authors have pulled together a variety of sources and interpreted legislative and practice guidance into user-friendly, practical tools to be used before, during and after assessment. Although essentially a toolkit for practitioners, it does not ignore the challenges, complexities and tensions often present in social work with children and families. Relevant and realistic attempts are made to interpret the context of assessment work before suggesting practical advice, which definitely adds to its value. The book is aimed at fine-tuning social work skills and improving the confidence of social work practitioners. It is recommended for newly qualified social workers and more experienced practitioners alike, with particular merit for those studying towards a post-qualifying award. If used as a 'team' resource this book could be helpful in developing and maintaining consistency among colleagues in completing assessments of need. -- Eve Desjardins, Adoption Social Worker, PSW (April 2012)
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