Safeguarding children and young people
A guide to integrated practice
By Steven Walker and Christina Thurston

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New systems for safeguarding children and young people require us to develop more effective, holistic and integrated practice in a wide variety of settings… the home, schools, clubs and the community at large. This essential text offers a key resource to help us improve the service that we must provide.
  • Social Workers, Nurses, Teachers, Police, YOT members, Connexions/AIG providers, CAMHS workers, Youth Workers and family support workers will find help here with acquiring core knowledge and skills in developing their roles to play a full part.
  • Child protection social workers will find new information and encouragement to help them put their skills and experience to best effect in changing circumstances.
  • Everyone will be supported in learning how to make improvements by collaborating amongst themselves together with their communities
  • Parents, practitioners and children and young people will be supported to work in partnership and collaborate within their communities.

  • Clear, focussed and accessible, this practical guide contains a series of 36 photocopiable activities, case studies, and practice examples underpinned by knowledge, theory and evidence relating to child abuse, risk, child development and protection. The material can be used for:
  • Self-study
  • Teambuilding
  • Multi-disciplinary agency training
  • Supporting Local Safeguarding Children's Boards
  • Establishing Children's Trusts

  • In an interactive format, the book analyses how practitioners are striving to make sense of and implement the latest legal, organisational and government guidance. Complete with further reading, a substantial bibliography and a list of useful organisations and resources this comprehensive guide will enable you to undertake effective integrated practice by helping you:
  • Assess vulnerable children, young people and their families
  • Work in partnership with children, parents and other professionals
  • Use the integrated children's system
  • Ensure your work reflects a children's rights agenda
  • Help young people who are undergoing life transitions to look after themselves
  • Contribute to multi-disciplinary collaborative family support
  • Practice in a socially inclusive and culturally competent way
  • Implement the lessons of the Laming and Bichard inquiries

  • Large format paperback. 176 pages. 978-1-903855-90-4. Published 2006. £22.95.


    Nurses, Teachers, Police, YOT members, Connexions/AIG providers, CAMHS workers, Youth Workers and family support Social Workers will find help here with acquiring core knowledge and skills in developing their roles to play a full part. Child protection social workers will find new information and encouragement to help them put their skills and experience to best effect in changing circumstances.


    Introduction. Learning review. A New Working Environment Introduction. The Children Act 2004. Children's commissioner. Children's trusts. The Education Act 2002. National Service Framework 2004. Extended schools. Children's centres. The integrated children's system. Key chapter points.
    Primary prevention and early intervention Introduction. Safeguarding children in the community. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989. Primary prevention. Secondary prevention. Tertiary prevention. Quaternary prevention. Early intervention skills. Key chapter points.
    Children and young people at risk Introduction. Reasons for abuse. General risk factors. Specific risk factors. Protective factors. Concerns of children. Types of abuse. Signs of child abuse. Key chapter points.
    Collaborative care Introduction. Changing roles. Working together. Overcoming boundaries to co-operation. Interagency collaborative practice. Multi-professional working. Individual strategies for improving communication. Group strategies for improving communication. Strategic ways of working together. Practical ways of working together. Key chapter points.
    Assessment and risk management Introduction. Prevalence of abuse. Common Assessment Framework 2005. Developmental theories and resources. Attachment behaviour and patterns in children and adolescents. Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need 2000. Social construction of risk. Assessment- stage or process? Key chapter points.
    The process of protection Introduction. Stages of the safeguarding process. Children Act 1989. Legal proceedings. Sexual Offences Act 2003. Bullying in school. Resources and interventions. Human Rights Act 1998. Key chapter points.
    Supporting young people's transition Introduction. Challenges for the child and young person. Risk taking behaviours. Perceptions of young people. Needs of young people. Assessment of need. Guidelines for supporting young people. Skills for supporting young people's transition. Key chapter points.
    Social inclusion and cultural competenceIntroduction. Child protection in the community. Cultural competence. Applying theory to practice. Socially excluded groups. Elements of socially inclusive practice. Care, control and planning. Partnership practice. Key chapter points.
    Reviewing and ending safely Introduction. What is a review? Process versus event. Change and outcomes. Engaging with parents and children. Positive endings and future support. Continuing concerns. Case closure. Key chapter points.
    Learning review. Useful resources & organisations.


    Steven Walker
    is a senior social work lecturer and Christina Thurston is a senior nurse lecturer in the Institute of Health and Social Care, Anglia Polytechnic University, who between them have 40 years experience in child protection practice, teaching and research.


    "The learning aims and objectives are clearly defined, and thought provoking activities and key chapter points are provided throughout. Further reading and professional development are stimulated and encouraged through the use of a learning profile, listings of useful recourses and organisations and a significant bibliography are also included. The book sends the clear and succinct message that child protection is everyone's business and that this can be achieved though collaboration and integrated practice. This book will prove a valuable guiding resource for those working with children in a multiplicity of contexts." Community Practitioner.

    "It emphasises the importance of multi-professional collaboration and succeeds in providing core knowledge and skills that cross professional boundaries. Youth workers, Connexions advisers, nurses and social workers should find the book helpful….this is a welcome addition to the professional literature. It is easy to read and understand - no mean achievement given the complexity of the area of practice. The objectives of each chapter are clearly set out and the book includes some 36 photocopiable exercises, case studies and practice examples that will help to link the theory to a reader's own practice. This is achieved while still ensuring appropriate academic rigour." Young People Now.

    "Would work well as a contribution to a local safeguarding children board's introductory interagency training programme… this is a welcome and recommended text for practitioners, particularly non-child protection specialists and those engaged in providing safeguarding training." Children Now.

    "Another solid guide to best practice from the perennially excellent Russell House Publishing. An excellent reference book and packed with resources, case studies and examples to inform you and help you train and equip others in the key area of child and youth protection. Youthwork.

    "For all practitioners whose task is to safeguard children and young people. Its nine chapters offer easy access to information on particular areas of practice and aim to maximise the ability of professionals, and the communities in which they live, to prevent harm to children and safeguard children at risk. The guide can be used for self-study and also for team building: in multi-disciplinary training, it can help practitioners gain a greater understanding of each other's roles. The authors cover a large area of practice imperatives assessment, working in partnership, the integrated children's system, the children's rights agenda, transitions, multidisciplinary collaborative practice - in a way that is easily understood, inclusive and takes account of cultural difference and learning from the Laming and Bichard inquiries. This guide will also be useful for trainers. Its interactive format - it includes a series of 37 activities, as well as photocopiable case studies and practice examples - will enable facilitators to plan staff professional development in the knowledge that they have a sound format to which to refer. This is, then, a guide to integrated practice for several purposed. It will be an invaluable tool for everyone working with children and young people." YoungMinds Magazine.

    "A wonderfully rich resource….a manual for those of us involved in making sure children are kept safe from harm, and it explains, for example, the theoretical perspectives that guide the processes we must use to determine, assess risk and progress their protection. It is in fact a work book too, with each chapter offering learning objectives that you can expect to meet. The opening pages set the scene by asking readers a series of questions. After reading the book you are invited to revisit those same questions and assess if you have acquired any more depth to your knowledge, learnt new knowledge or acquired new perspectives….a treasure trove of information." Professional Social Wor.

    "An outstanding and comprehensive book that should be in every school as a reference to good practice and an aid in supporting children and young people. Assessment, partnership working, children's rights, transition and conflict, collaborative family support, and social and cultural inclusions are all examined in detail. This practical guide includes photocopiable activities, and case studies put theory into context….comprehensive and accessible." The Teacher

    "A resource for practitioners in a variety of contexts who may encounter situations where concerns are expressed about the welfare and safety of children….a comprehensive overview of the whole area of safeguarding children….affirms it is everyone's responsibility to work together to safeguard children." Rostrum.

    "Set out in an order that follows a child through the social care process, with prevention near the beginning and transitions near the end, the book is easy to dip into as well as read from cover to cover….continues Russell House Publishing's commitment to producing practical guides to carrying out complex tasks." Community Care.