Children, families and young people

Assessment in child care
Using and developing frameworks for practice
Second edition

Edited by Martin C. Calder and Simon Hackett

For frontline workers with responsibility for child protection, safeguarding and family support, this acclaimed book will:
  • help them to navigate the expanding complexities of child care assessments
  • guide them to deliver better outcomes for children and families
  • protect them at a time when legal expectations are high that the latest available evidence is accessed and utilised to inform assessments and care planning.
  • Invaluable to practitioners since the first edition was published in 2003, it "covers all aspects of how to assess, when to assess and what to assess." Community Care.

    Child neglect and behavioural parent education
    Research anc practice
    By Benny McDaniel and Karola Dillenburger

    Evidence-based practice is now demanded in all areas of education, health and social care. But there is surprisingly little empirical evidence on interventions that specifically address the management and prevention of child neglect.

    Addressing this gap, this book explains how behaviour-analytic parent education can be used to develop individualised programmes to help parents - particularly those who are vulnerable - to care for their babies or young children.

    The authors show how to link the programmes with various commonly used parent education techniques in ways that:
  • are transparent, accountable and culturally-sensitive
  • promote service user involvement
  • allow expectations of parents to be clearly outlined and progress to be evidenced
  • reinforce parents' strengths and help create positive collaborative relationships
  • can quickly be adapted to ensure that they are effective in achieving agreed goals
  • enable and empower workers and parents in any context.

  • The foster carer's handbook
    For carers of children aged 11 years and under
    Fourth edition

    By Ann Wheal with Meral Mehmet

    Primarily for foster carers, but also useful in residential care, this manual - acclaimed across three previous editions - is packed with detailed guidance about looking after children, being looked after, being a foster carer and living in a fostering household.

    It aims to:
  • enable carers to meet the full range of a child's needs
  • explain the fostering roles and responsibilities
  • help all carers across the UK achieve the expectations placed on them and maintain standards.

  • A comprehensive guide that can be called on when just about anything arises, it has been developed:
  • to help carers make appropriate decisions and answer the many questions children may ask about their time 'being looked after'
  • help children understand the present, face the future with confidence and, in time, make their own decisions about their life.

    Significant discounts are available from the publisher on multiple copy orders of either the bound or loose-leaf version of this book.

    Contemporary risk assessment in safeguarding children
    Edited by Martin C. Calder

    For anyone involved in the protection and safeguarding of children and young people - at any level - risk and risk assessment are key concerns and preoccupations. This book's varied and illuminating perspectives help refine the exercise of professional judgement in estimating and managing uncertainties prospectively, rather than being judged retrospectively.

    "The authors call for an evidence-based, comprehensive and equitable approach to risk assessment and teach the reader to produce risk management strategies where levels of intrusion are commensurate with levels of risk." ChildRIGHT.

    "An absorbing and exciting read… A broad perspective of thinking about risk and the challenge of interpreting information gathered from and about children's lives… a good reference guide… extremely useful." Children & Young People Now.

    "Gems that will be a real boon to practice… tablets of wisdom set as a feast before you." PSW.

    Joint investigation in child protection
    Working together - training together
    By Liz Davies and Debbie Townsend

    Focus on the children involved… Develop suitable investigative skills… Understand and recognise what constitutes 'significant harm'… Understand the roles of fellow professionals from other agencies… Work effectively with, and if necessary, challenge them…

    Workers from a wide range of backgrounds, with varied levels of experience, knowledge and prior learning, can benefit from this training's approach to child-centred interviewing.

    Suitable for all professionals who work together to safeguard children and young people, this rich and extensive resource contains 23 presentations and 31 activities, including role plays, carousels, storytelling and quizzes. Trainers can pick and mix from the material to create, or supplement, other training, adaptable to participants' experience and needs, and to the context and time available.

    Becoming ethical
    A parallel, political journey with men who have abused
    By Alan Jenkins

    A practical guide for anyone who works in the field of interventions with men who have engaged in violence or sexual abuse towards partners and family members. It "proposes a refreshing new perspective… It will definitely be added to my library of must have books." Addiction Today.

    "Intervention is seen in terms of power relations and practices within families and communities, and within the institutional, statutory and therapeutic settings in which men participate." ChildRIGHT.

    "It leads the reader through a journey of discovery - from denial, acceptance, description and shame, to restitution. This is skillfully achieved by use of four case studies... Jenkins invites the reader to reflect on and question their own responses: as he points out, the ethical journey is a parallel process for both therapist and abuser... a 'must read' for practitioners." Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal.

    "Group working and principles are clearly set out, and there are insightful, helpful templates for couple working." Addiction Today.

    The teenager's foster carer's handbook
    Caring for young people in foster and residential care and helping them become adults
    Fourth edition

    By Ann Wheal with Meral Mehmet

    This acclaimed manual for anyone caring for young people in foster or residential care, and helping them become adults, has the same goals and takes the same approach to achieving them as The Foster Carer's Handbook (above). That book is for children 11 and under, this is for young people 12 and above. The previous editions of this book were published under different titles: Answers for Carers (1994, 1999); Young People in Foster and Residential Care (2003).

    Significant discounts are available from the publisher on multiple copy orders of either the bound or loose-leaf version of this book.

    Contemporary practice with young people who sexually abuse
    Evidence-based developments
    Edited by Martin C. Calder

    This book addresses both conceptual and practical areas, and is useful for post-graduate and post-qualifying students who are looking for something beyond a student introductory text. The internationally recognized authors from England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the United States span several professional disciplines, reflecting their different starting and ending points, and provide anyone reading this book with a solid evidence-based foundation from which to work.

    "I would recommend this book unconditionally to those who are interested in or want to know more about this field." BASPCAN

    Adolescent substance misuse - problems, prevention and treatment
    By Phil Harris

    "A unique book… arguably unrivalled in its scope… weaves together a range of perspectives on adolescent substance use in a highly readable text… a work of wisdom and scholarship cleverly combined with a great deal of useful and practical information… intellectually challenging but always an easy read. The clarity of the argument is aided by a tight focused structure… The detailed text flows smoothly and effortlessly, making for an engaging, informative and essential read for all professionals working with adolescents."British Journal of Social Work.

    "The author does a remarkable job in synthesising extensive research findings to provide a comprehensive and coherent framework for understanding and effectively responding to substance use by today's youth… Youthoria is a highly readable and engaging book that provides invaluable insights, strategies and tools." Professional Social Work.

    The concerned other
    How to change problematic drug and alcohol users through their family members: a complete manual
    By Phil Harris

    "Introduces, then describes and then provides an intervention-based programme to help family and friends (the concerned others) bring about change in people close to them who are experiencing problems with drugs and/or alcohol... a welcome addition to the toolkit for working with those affected." BJSW.

    "Focuses on what the concerned other can do and provides a very specific tool to do it, providing an overt challenge that awakens us brusquely to the great potential for change that exists within a highly crucial relationship." Child Abuse Review.

    "Offers practical help, support and a framework to be used… comprehensive… well explained and detailed… well researched... highly adaptable... a useful tool in many settings." Addiction Today.

    Global youth work
    Provoking consciousness and taking action
    By Momodou Sallah

    Within the overarching arena of Global Education, Global Youth Work focuses on working with young people through informal methodologies, to:
  • provoke their awareness beyond just the local and the national into an increasingly symbiotic local-global consciousness
  • support them to take action, commensurate with their abilities, to change the ways things are.

  • Our developing global order, characterised by financial crises, grotesque inequality and a feeling of hopelessness in some parts of the word, has been exacerbated and amplified by the process of globalisation and its use by global capital as a vehicle for profit. This book explores the methodology of Global Youth Work as a tool to work with young people, both in the North and South. It aims to breathe hope into the dark clouds of paralysis and hopelessness that can impact youth workers and young people.

    Supervision: praxis and purpose
    Developing a critical model of practice for those working with children and young people post Munro
    By Brian Belton, Justin Hill, Tina Salter and John Peaper

    Not the sort of book that asks readers to agree with all of it; rather, by considering supervision in various settings, including social work, youth work and coaching, it aims to challenge readers to "reconsider different perspectives that have informed supervision practice over the years."

    As the LCSB manager - an RSW - notes in his PSW review, it "endorses Munro's stance on supervision, namely that it needs a practice framework premised on evidence to be truly effective... (and) in its methodology of carefully unpicking strands of theory, provides a useful commentary on theories in a way that goes beyond the subject matter of supervision... I certainly found this inspiring."

    Making sure children get 'HELD'
    Ideas and resources to help workers place Hope, Empathy, Love and Dignity at the heart of child protection and support
    By Nicki Weld

    "Not only are we offered concepts and ideas but clear tools and resources which can be drawn on in day to day practice." Professor Nigel Parton.

    Based on the author's extensive experience - in child protection and in work with families with children with severe disabilities - this photocopiable manual provides:
  • accessible explanations of 'HELD' social and emotional competencies - hope, empathy, love and dignity
  • ten practical strategies for workers to help parents, families and communities bring each competency into action; and see how they help protect, support and strengthen children's wellbeing and safety
  • three resources to help explore these competencies in groups and families, or in one-to-one work with children or young people.

  • "A good, strong and engaging workbook that provides indisputably accurate advice and grounded explanations… the language is clear and reachable… this book holds some gems." Child Abuse Review.

    Children's services at the crossroads
    A critical evaluation of contemporary policy for practice
    Edited by Patrick Ayre and Michael Preston-Shoot

    "Both a sustained academic critique… and a cri de coeur on behalf of social work… what is different here is the attempt to bring those criticisms into a more coordinated form… We need less rhetoric, fewer initiatives, more listening, more focus on doing the job well, more respect and support for those on the child-care front line." Research in Practice

    "A timely analysis of the issues facing children's services and the threats and challenges to the practice of social workers… clearly set out and includes some practical suggestions to improve support for social workers, make changes to organisational cultures and lead to improvements in the relationships with the individuals and groups who rely on these services." Youth and Policy.

    "Access to the latest thinking from an impressive range of eminent academics (with a large array of practice experience)." Professional Social Work.

    "The message is that practitioners should be released from current bureaucratic constraints and allowed to work creatively with children…Challenging and thought-provoking." Rostrum.

    DaiNa - domestic abuse is Never acceptable
    A manual for working with women who have experienced, or are experiencing, domestic abuse
    By Nicci Vella and Doreen Murdin

    "Valuable tools with which to offer support to abused women." Addiction Today.

    "The authors hold a depth of experience. This manual is an excellent baseline group work resource and makes an important contribution." Community Services Research to Practice.

    It provides:
  • practical advice for running a group work programme
  • 22 exercises
  • 29 photocopiable handout sheets.

  • Rape crisis
    Responding to sexual violence
    By Helen Jones and Kate Cook

    Rape crisis centres have provided the most effective and valued source of support for survivors of rape in Britain ever since the centres were developed through the 1970s women's movement. Yet now, at the same time as Britain is failing survivors of rape in the courts, there is also a threat to the centres' work. This book explores and explains: how we reached this point of crisis and how we can respond; the knowledge, ideas and skills that comprise the centres' unique model of support; and the struggles to start and sustain them.

    This book presents practical ideas for ways forward, to help ensure that there will be rape crisis centres for as long as there are women who need the specialist support that they offer.

    "At last there is an opportunity for those outside the movement to learn about some of our work." Dr Nicole Westmarland, Chair of Rape Crisis (England and Wales).

    My memory book 0-4
    By Edith Nicholls

    "As a foster carer of 20 years' experience and an adopter of three young people, I wish these books had been available to help us create life memories for both my temporary and permanent families… a breath of fresh air and a must for everyone involved in promoting looked-after children's well-being. Busy professionals and carers will find The New Life Work Model easy to read… My Memory Book 4+ is the ideal workbook for busy professionals and carers and should be quite accessible to young people too. Its purpose (as that of the other two books in the series for children aged 0-4 and 8+) is to record the child's experiences while away from the birth family so that the child does not lose this period of their lives… Every looked-after child should have one and every professional and carer should enjoy completing them. Both books are a joy." Community Care.

    CONTENTS: About me. Being looked after. How I grow. My firsts and big events. My happy birthdays, holidays and days of celebration. Other memories of me.

    My memory book 4+
    By Edith Nicholls

    CONTENTS: About me. About my family. About being looked after. About seeing my family. About where I live now. About my school and friends. About my holidays. About my special days. About my other memories.

    My memory book 8+
    By Edith Nicholls

    CONTENTS: About me. My family. Being looked after. Seeing my family. My school. My friends. My birthdays and holidays. My special days of celebration. My other memories.

    The New Life Work Model practice guide
    By Edith Nicholls

    "Argues convincingly that all children in the looked after system need help in making sense of their identity and the opportunity to grieve separations and losses... goes on to describe practically how such work can be performed. The book is supported by three Memory Books designed to record the experiences at different ages of a child separated from their birth family… They show what change is needed and how it can be performed." Children & Society.

    It shows practitioners and carers how to use the accompanying Memory Books so they can meet the Life Work needs of all children separated from their birth families by:
  • preserving their memories
  • giving them information and explanation
  • helping to promote their genetic identity
  • preparing them for life changes and building their self esteem through a positive image of their families of birth.

  • Personal development matters
    A guide and step-by-step educational workbook for helping young people aged roughly 11-16 with complex needs to get to know themselves better
    By Kathryn Plant

    Providing extra help and support with personal and emotional development to any young person, for whatever reason… this is "a great resource book for anyone wishing to guide and support vulnerable young people on their journey of self-awareness and discovery. Recommended!" Youthwork.

    Please note, the manual Personal Development Matters contains both:
  • a reproduction of the 183-page My Personal Development Workbook: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Getting to Know Myself Better
  • guidance for its use and a scheme of work.
  • Copies of My Personal Development Workbook are available in loose-leaf format, direct from the publisher.

    Ideal for weekly hour-long one-to-one sessions over the course of a year, the workbook can also be used in small group settings, or when specific needs arise.

    What does adopted mean?
    A young child's guide to adoption
    By Edith Nicholls

    This illustrated, interactive guide is for professionals and adoptive parents to give information and explanation to: children under the age of 8; older children with learning difficulties or conceptualisation problems.

    "The idea behind this book is excellent... everything which needs to be covered is included... written simply and directly in language a child should be able to readily understand. The lay-out is clear and the design work is good. We can therefore recommend the book as well suited to its purpose." Children Webmag.

    Fun, as well as helpful with what children most want to know and what most concerns them, this book helps children escape from feelings of blame and guilt, and rewards them with lots of praise. Adults undertaking the task of informing and explaining will find the book more than helpful.

    Sexual abuse assessments
    Using and developing frameworks for practice
    Edited by Martin C. Calder

    A new edition of Calder's Complete Guide to Sexual Abuse Assessments (RHP, 2000).

    "A very useful reference... Its value is in its accessibility to practitioners and comprehensiveness." Rostrum.

    "Comprehensive… coherent… all chapters make for interesting and useful reading... will be a much mined source for social work, health and criminal justice professionals in both training and direct practice." British Journal of Social Work.

    The art of youth work
    Second edition
    By Kerry Young

    Thoroughly revised to examine the implications for youth work purpose, principles and practice in a context of the changing social and political agenda. It reaffirms its commitment to youth work as an exercise in philosophy, not because young people are troubled or troublesome, but because they are people in the process of reconciling reason and passion in ways that make sense to them. You will find here a:
  • clear theory of youth work
  • framework for making sound judgements about practice and the training of youth workers
  • reaffirmation of youth work, at its best, as a powerful educative and developmental process.

    The concerned other
    New theory and the evidence base for changing problematic drug and alcohol users through their family members
    By Phil Harris

    A text for anyone wanting to consider new ways of thinking on this important and sensitive topic. Unusually - but drawing on relevant research and an extensive literature base - Phil Harris sees the concerned other as the person most able to effect change in the user's life, whilst also taking good care of themselves.

    "An overt challenge that awakens us to the great potential for change that exists within a highly crucial relationship." Child Abuse Review.

    An accompanying manual is also available from RHP (978-1-905541-48-5) and is "a welcome addition to the toolkit for working with those affected by a family member's drug and alcohol use." BJSW.

    Crisis intervention
    By Neil Thompson

    This clear and concise introduction to theory and methods shows the value of crisis intervention as an approach for anyone in the helping professions, and provides a foundation for further learning, so that its benefits for practice can be enhanced. Enlivened with case studies, it shows that crisis intervention:
  • is a helpful, albeit demanding, method of working with people in difficulties and distress
  • can capitalise on the positive potential of crisis, making it an excellent basis for promoting empowerment
  • can enhance use of other approaches or therapeutic tools, by providing a framework of understanding to guide their use.

  • An extensively revised and updated version of Crisis Intervention Revisited (Pepar, 1991), this book clears up misunderstandings and oversimplifications that have at times caused the immense value of crisis theory to have been lost, and takes fuller account of the sociological dimension of crisis, such as issues of discrimination on the grounds of gender, race/ethnicity, and age.

    Instant session plans for essential life skills:

    By Robin Dynes

    "A very useful bank of materials… well worth the modest investment." Well-being.

    Contains four photocopiable sessions on each of the following topics: Managing worries; Looking after your mental health; Coping with depression; Dealing with a crisis; Healthy living; Bereavement and loss; Staying positive; Changing your habits; Taking risks; Learning to relax.

    For anyone working with adults or young people, these instant session plans can help you to meet demands, especially at short notice, for provision of appropriate material for work on essential life skills.

    Instant session plans for essential life skills:

    By Robin Dynes

    "There are lots of things to recommend in this resource." Youth Work Now.

    Contains four photocopiable sessions on each of the following topics: Unlocking your potential; Learning to learn; Becoming self-motivated; Self-coaching; Emotional development; Harnessing creativity; Life management skills; Understanding yourself; Learning from experience; Planning for your future.

    For anyone working with adults or young people, these instant session plans can help you to meet demands, especially at short notice, for provision of appropriate material for work on essential life skills.

    Instant session plans for essential life skills:

    By Robin Dynes

    Contains four photocopiable sessions on each of the following topics: Communication skills; Relationship skills; Resolving conflicts; Building a support network; Expressing feelings; Making friends; Working with other people; Being part of a team; Networking skills; Interview skills.

    For anyone working with adults or young people, these instant session plans can help you to meet demands, especially at short notice, for provision of appropriate material for work on essential life skills.

    Instant session plans for essential life skills:

    By Robin Dynes

    "A welcome addition to my toolkit, which I will revisit again and again." Addiction Today.

    Contains four photocopiable sessions on each of the following topics: Assertiveness; Building confidence; Time management; Self-esteem; Anger management; Stress; Managing change; Daily living skills; Self-awareness; Encouraging creative thinking.

    For anyone working with adults or young people, these instant session plans can help you to meet demands, especially at short notice, for provision of appropriate material for work on essential life skills.

    Investigative interviewing of children: achieveing best evidence
    Working together - training together
    By Liz Davies and Debbie Townsend

    Provides material for extensive, advanced-level joint training of police officers and social workers to improve the investigative interviewing of child victims and witnesses in possible child abuse cases and similar circumstances. Successful delivery requires the direct co-operation of appropriately skilled and experienced police officers and social workers working together.

    Its 20 presentations and 23 activities comprise a full 5-day training programme. Extensively tested, this specialist, high-quality material follows English and Welsh statutory guidance, and is adaptable for use elsewhere.

    It directly addresses major gaps in training and meets concerns raised by high profile inquiries of the last two decades. It challenges and goes beyond existing government guidance, to significantly improve work with both victims and perpetrators of child abuse.

    What I did on my summer vacation
    Surviving and helping others learn from a boyhood of sexual abuse
    By Paul M. Hambke with Martin C. Calder

    "As a victim myself, and having counselled hundreds of other victims… everything he said was instantly recognisable, to the extent that, at times, I found myself saying out loud what was coming next… This book tells it like it is… Having said that, you don't have to be a victim to benefit from this book. The author's courage in sharing his profound and thought-provoking disclosure will be of significant value to a wide range of individuals working with victims of psychosexual trauma in children and young people." Child Abuse Review.

    Contains graphic language and illustrations that may be upsetting to some people.

    Supporting positive parenting
    A proven programme based on mutual respect, designed for local community initiatives
    By Wendy Goddard

    Tried and tested in a wide range of contexts, often with those in the most difficult of circumstances, and including foster carers and grandparents. 6 - 10 easy-to-follow sessions enable facilitators to help parents and other carers - to:
  • develop strategies for: re-directing behaviour; encouraging effective communication; and enhancing parental confidence to raise responsible and respectful children
  • discuss mutual concerns, befriend others in similar situations, explore together how to utilise 'positive parenting' methods
  • recognise how positive discipline - based on respect, co-operation and consistency - works.

  • Self-esteem: a family affair
    A proven programme based on mutual respect, designed for local community initiatives
    By Wendy Goddard

    Photocopiable for use whenever needed. No other equipment or special training is needed. This high quality, affordable and adaptable parenting education manual also shows you how to do your own evaluations. Contains sufficient material for 6 - 10 easy-to-follow sessions on: what is self-esteem; challenging negative thoughts; exploring our self-esteem; making changes; our belief system; maintaining a healthy self-esteem. The manual enables facilitators to help parents - of children of any age - to: become more self-aware; understand what influences the development of self-esteem; make appropriate changes to enhance their relationships; provide an encouraging and caring environment in which their children's self-esteem can develop.

    Life changes: managing parents' and children's emotions
    A proven programme based on mutual respect designed for local community initiatives
    By Wendy Goddard

    Tried and tested in a wide range of contexts, often with those in the most difficult of circumstances, and including foster carers and grandparents. This manual enables workers to help carers - of children of any age - to:
  • understand their anger and depression
  • become more able to cope with changes
  • become more confident, resilient and positive about life, and so be more able to recover from events and to move on with their lives.

  • The manual contains sufficient material for 6-10 easy-to-follow sessions, with handouts that are photocopiable for use whenever needed.

    Preventing breakdown
    A manual for those working with families and the individuals within them
    By Mark Hamer

    "For practitioners working with high level risk families, there are real ideas on how to encourage, motivate and sustain change within families, as well as tools and exercises to help families identify attainable goals, ensure a 'safer' home environment, and chart progress towards achieving their goals…well worth investing the time to read." Professional Social Work.

    "No nonsense evidence-based practice advice… offers simple effective and tested solutions to crisis situations within families with measurable outcomes for practitioners and families. A comprehensive 'hands on' resource, it is an invaluable book for practitioners and students." Community Care.

    "Full of new ideas, this book is a useful guide to building the family strengths, developing pride and focusing on solutions rather than problems… an accessible and essential book to have at hand." ChildRIGHT.

    Social pedagogy in the UK
    Theory and practice
    By Kieron Hatton

    Social pedagogy is an approach to service delivery that is common across Europe. This accessible text explores and explains:
  • why it is attracting increasing interest in the UK
  • its influence on UK debates about - and its potential contribution to - UK welfare practice.

  • Focusing on practice situations within which social pedagogy can be seen to be effective, it:
  • investigates how European and UK services could benefit from a better mutual understanding of what each other does
  • discusses how social pedagogy is already making a contribution in children's residential services in the UK, and could do so in other areas, including youth work, adult social care and community development.

  • Radical youth work
    Developing critical perspectives and professional judgement
    By Brian Belton

    "Refreshing, honest, provocative, unapologetic, irritating, often challenging and highly recommended… a catalyst for reflection, debate and experimentation in the youth work field at a time when this is sorely needed." Addiction Today.

    Encourages workers to help young people - through questioning - to forsake ready-made ideas and products and reawaken their own - and our - imaginations, sense of wonder, and faith in dynamic possibilities.

    "What a breath of fresh air to read this book. Not an easy or comfortable read as it pushes the brain to do some work, but definitely worth the effort." Youthwork.

    Includes Tania de St Croix's consideration of a foundation literature of radical youth work, and how new theories could be engendered.

    Social control and the use of power in social work with children and families
    Edited by Toyin Okitikpi

    "Easy to read, well laid out and balanced in its views and discussions… particularly useful for students, newly qualified social workers and practice teachers… particularly valuable when considering issues of power balances and the use of awareness of self in practice." BASPCAN.

    "Tackles important issues… a very good introductory text… well set out, concise and easy to read. It is certainly recommended." Professional Social Work.

    "Much food for thought… worthwhile for social workers across the UK and I recommend it." Rostrum.

    Social work models, methods and theories
    A framework for practice
    Second edition

    Edited by Paul Stepney and Deirdre Ford

    Now more than ever, social workers need a good knowledge of the social sciences and practice theory, the capacity for critical reflection and analysis, and the skill to translate all of this into effective intervention.

    Thoroughly reviewed, updated and extended, the second edition of this best-selling text is "an important contribution to the literature… scholarly and accessible… invaluable as both an introduction to the field and as a resource for the more experienced practitioner." Professor Nigel Parton.

    Featuring the latest contributions from Lena Dominelli, Mel Gray, Bill Jordan, Martyn Jones, Malcolm Payne, Brian Sheldon, Neil Thompson, Pamela Trevithick, Stephen Webb and more... it:
  • offers a systematic examination of different methods, models and practice theories by a range of respected academics and practitioners
  • sets these ideas in a clear and accessible framework of practice in changing political, economic and social contexts
  • considers future developments in an international context.

    Online groomers
    Profiling, policing and prevention
    By Julia Davidson and Petter Gottschalk

    "It is a useful tool as it pulls together such an enormous volume of diverse information into one place, compares different ideas, and looks at how they may work in different settings. I certainly learned a few things from sources I had never even heard of." Martin C. Calder.

    It offers numerous new insights and a sound conceptual approach to understanding continuing developments.

    Reflecting on the past
    Essays in the history of youth and community work
    Edited by Ruth Gilchrist, Tracey Hodgson, Tony Jeffs, Jean Spence, Naomi Stanton and Joyce Walker

    "A valuable contribution… At a time when the profession is under threat, it is good to take heart from these histories and to use them as a resource for imagining the future." Children and Young People Now.

    This fifth collection of essays developed from Durham and Minnesota conferences is designed to encourage the search for better solutions, more enlightened policies and ways of working that stimulate dialogue and democracy rather than uniformity and conformity. The essays show the authors' enthusiasm and determination to expose and preserve the cord of history linking contemporary practitioners with those who went before. Their work is underpinned by a belief that dissent is essential for intellectual and social progress.

    Social work assessment and intervention
    Second edition
    By Steven Walker and Chris Beckett

    Acclaimed in its first edition, now extensively revised, restructured and updated, this comprehensive guide to empowering practice for social workers and the people with whom they work "addresses overarching issues such as rationing of services and thresholds of need which are particularly pertinent in the "Big Society" of today. There is much that is useful in this book." Rostrum.

    Using case illustrations, evidence based guidance, and practical activities combined with extensive references, this valuable learning resource will help students, practitioners, managers, trainers and policy-makers to synthesise social work knowledge and theory to provide holistic support and effective services.

    Working with Black young people
    Edited by Momodou Sallah & Carlton Howson

    "Addresses relevant topics with academic rigour and passion. A publication such as this has been long over due; we would have to go some way back in social work research to find one of similar depth and quality… rich in information and research, and tackles many issues (e.g. race, identity, practice, role of voluntary sector organisations, forced marriages, education, community cohesion, etc.) with clarity and commitment to addressing racism in its various guises… a pleasure to read... presents debates from historical and contemporary perspectives in a forceful manner with great heart... a key text." British Journal of Social Work.

    It seeks to challenge both the accepted status quo of Black young people's negative over-representation in most aspects of life - including education, criminal justice, housing and health - and their underrepresentation in empiric literature. It seeks to help find ways forward.

    Roots and wings
    A history of outdoor education and outdoor learning in the UK
    By Ken C. Ogilvie

    Illuminating wider contemporary debates about:
  • education theory, policy and management
  • social trends and economic development…

  • Raising questions about how we should help young people to learn at a time of global warming and climate weirding…

    Roots and Wings brings alive the story of a movement that was driven by people and organisations who believed that a traditional academic approach to education is both too narrow and ignores important aspects of the whole person.

    Managing child welfare and protection services
    By Paul Harrison

    "Combines an awareness of national policy with the necessity of managing resources both financial and human at a local level… a coherent analysis of the complexities of managing child welfare and protection services… outlines the particular moral challenges and dilemmas faced by managers… this book is well researched and thought-out and would provide any reader with food for thought as well as a useful reference tool for ideas and a guide to good practice." Rostrum.

    "Firmly rooted in many years of practice and a professional knowledge base… an important contribution to the positive and well founded process of expert professional care of all children." Health Manager.

    Working with street children
    An approach explored
    By Andrew Williams

    "A book that bridges the gap between academia and know-how." Andy Sexton, Associate International Director, Oasis Global, Co-chair 180° Alliance.

    Provides an insight into the work involved - and level of commitment demanded - from anyone working with street children in developing countries anywhere. Based on his work as a very locally involved CEO of Retrak in Africa, British social worker Andy Williams provides an analysis of how one approach was tried, tested, improved and expanded through careful and constant attention to reflective analysis and review; and shows how principles can be drawn out which transcend both culture and the practical application of those principles in any one context. The approach is holistic, relational, transitional, child-centred and professional.

    "An introductory text book to a brilliant approach drawing on lots of wisdom and experience." Youthwork.

    "A valuable contribution to a heartbreaking universal problem." Christianity.

    Solution-focused approaches
    By Steve Myers

    "It brings the approach to life with the practice examples (from various professional contexts)… and also makes you reflect on your own practice… has made a major impact on my emerging professional identity." Rostrum.

    "Such an informative book… takes you step-by-step into solutions-focused approaches with advice, guidance and case studies so that the whole process makes sense." Community Care.

    It addresses:
  • how to develop solution-focused practice in a reflective way
  • principles and techniques involved in the work
  • how it can inform anti-oppressive practice.

    Essays in the history of youth and community work
    Edited by Ruth Gilchrist, Tony Jeffs, Jean Spence, Naomi Stanton, Aylssa Cowell, Joyce Walker and Tom Wylie

    The range of material in this volume of essays reflects an increasing desire amongst both academics and practitioners to chart the origins of youth work and community work. The editors hope to encourage practitioners and academics to reflect upon the earlier forms of practice and, via that process, reappraise what they are currently doing both within fieldwork and teaching. It includes contributions from Tom Wylie, Keith Popple, Bernard Davies and others.

    The child and family in context
    Developing ecological practice in disadvantaged communities
    By Owen Gill and Gordon Jack

    "The strength of the book is the clear 'researchmindedness' of the authors, and the detailed descriptions of the projects which use ecological approaches." BJSW.

    It "attempts to work creatively with the connections between different parts of children's lives. Useful practice examples from different communities - including large peripheral estates, inner city refugee communities, and rural market towns - are used throughout... linking community and family approaches." ChildRIGHT.

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

    "Affirms it is everyone's responsibility to work together to safeguard children." Rostrum.

    "Packed with resources, case studies and examples to inform you and help you train and equip others." Youthwork.

    "An invaluable tool for everyone working with children and young people." YoungMinds.

    "A wonderfully rich resource." Professional Social Work.

    Assessment in kinship care
    Edited by Cath Talbot and Martin C. Calder

    "A much needed assessment framework specifically for kinship care... responsive to the particular circumstances and needs of each kinship placement." Community Care.

    "An invaluable aid." Adoption & Fostering.

    "Busy practitioners could select chapters that will guide their thinking around very complex topics. I would recommend this book to the many workers grappling with the complexities of kinship care." Rostrum.

    "It not only explores current assessment methods and practices, it acknowledges their shortfalls in relation to kinship care and offers refreshingly creative ideas for assessments that encompass the uniqueness of these placements... new ground is broken... an informative, comprehensive read, without the use of excessive jargon... an excellent and informative source book with sensitive and creative ideas for assessment in future practice." Professional Social Work.

    Secret lives: growing with substance
    Working with children and young people affected by familial substance misuse
    Edited by Fiona Harbin & Michael Murphy

    "The authors aim to help practitioners and managers in the identification, assessment, treatment and support of the children and siblings of substance misusers. Buy thisbook as a reference and investment." Addiction Today.

    "Focuses on working with older children affected by substance misuse… all the contributions are interesting, and informed my knowledge of what services should be available to assist children… the book succeeds in allowing the views of children and young people caught in this sad situation poignantly to come through." Seen & Heard.

    "Founded on current research… informed, accessible and relevant." Rostrum.

    "Most books of this genre discuss either how to assess the issue or how to work with it: this book does both… I recommend this book." Community Care.

    Developing collaborative relationships in interagency child protection work
    By Michael Murphy

    "Murphy writes with clarity and authority and the book is hugely readable and accessible... He acknowledges that interagency work is difficult but writes in a way which inspires and encourages the reader to want to try to surmount the difficulties... This book is intended to be 'theoretically challenging and practically useful' and for me it succeeds. It promotes a positive approach to collaborative working… a very constructive book. I strongly recommend it to all managers and practitioners." VISTA.

    "Refreshingly honest about why effective collaborative work can be so hard to achieve." Community Care.

    "Identifies a number of ways forward - for both individual practitioners from different disciplines and, crucially, for the cultures and structures of the many professions involved." Young People Now.

    Safe contact?
    Children in permanent placement and contact with their birth relatives
    By Catherine Macaskill

    "Helpful practice guidance for all those engaged in the art of face-to-face contact between adoptees and birth relatives." Community Care.

    "Buy it for your reference shelf now!" Professional Social Work.

    "The value of Macaskill's excellent study is the minutiae it provides on a host of aspects around which questions are frequently being asked. Issues such as contract agreements, timing of first contact, where to meet, who should attend, frequency, the emotional impact on the parties, sibling contact, confidentiality and who should support the child during contact are some of the themes on which she provides important information." Adoption & Fostering.

    Substance misuse and child care
    How to understand, assist and intervene when drugs affect parenting
    Edited by Fiona Harbin and Michael Murphy

    This book is not just concerned with the misuse of drugs. It is concerned with the effect that substance misuse has on parenting and on the care and well-being of children. It:
  • outlines and explores the extent of the problem
  • addresses difficult issues involved in inter-agency substance and child-care work
  • describes and explores the helpful professional responses to problematic parental misuse, when working with children, their parents and whole families.

  • "Topical, informative and thought-provoking." The Drug & Alcohol Professional.

    "Much information is given in a clear, straightforward manner." Community Care.

    The new youth games book
    By Alan Dearling and Howie Armstrong

    Over 200 practical activities and guidance on how to use them.

    "There is only one other book to compare with it." Scripture Union.

    "A compendium resource of the first order." Young People Now.

    Encourages interaction between people to: have fun; develop positive relationships; learn literacy and numeracy skills; increase creativity and imagination; improve communication skills; cope with tension and stressful situations; break down barriers and ease the getting-to-know new people process; identify problems and help find solutions; build trust, sensitivity and understanding; develop self-awareness; improve social skills; and increase confidence.

    Essays in the history of youth and community work
    Discovering the past
    Edited by Ruth Gilchrist, Tony Jeffs, Jean Spence and Joyce Walker

    "I love these books. This is the fourth to emerge from the Durham History Conference... The mix of contributions… range from narrative reflection to more conceptual and philosophical analysis… focus on both influential people and projects and movements… They engage with the wider politics and religion that influenced the development of youth and community work." Howard Williamson in Youth Work Now.

    Inter-agency training
    A practical handbook
    By Jo Edwards and Ane Freed-Kernis

    Using the example of LSCBs, but adaptable for different circumstances and disciplines, the guidance and tools in this handbook will help ensure that inter-agency training happens, is of good quality, and enhances inter-agency communication and cooperation. It aims to empower and develop resilience. Practical in focus, with underlying theory offered where useful, and extensively tried and tested, it offers:
  • Tools, exercises and checklists for use at each stage of the training cycle - from planning to evaluation
  • Strategies for when you encounter obstacles
  • An opportunity to appraise, affirm and develop trainers' own skills and knowledge
  • Inspiration to try something new and different.

  • Suitable for both beginning and more experienced training professionals, it can also be used by supervisors and managers in their inter-agency work, or by anyone considering employing an inter-agency trainer.

    The carrot or the stick?
    Towards effective practice with involuntary clients in safeguarding children work
    Edited by Martin C. Calder

    "Excellent material... on a subject that challenges all child care practitioners: how do we work with service users who don't want to work with us? The book ranges from the theoretical to the practical in responding to this question... a very useable framework for working with involuntary clients... would offer busy practitioners some useful tools." Community Care.

    For work with children and young people, men and women, fathers and mothers in all relevant circumstances.

    "The carefully selected chapters in this book offer systematic and evidence-based approaches." ChildRIGHT. They are 'no-nonsense' approaches that will fit with practice wisdom and practice realities of work.

    "Extensive, yet concise and widely referenced, yet practical, this book is relevant to practitioners, managers and planners. Accessible for students and teachers, the text is like effective practice - engaging, well structured, disciplined and encouraging… A motif emerging repeatedly in this richly layered text is that 'coercion should not replace engagement as the central force in change'." Rostrum.

    The adult is parent to the child
    Transactional analysis with children and young people
    Edited by Keith Tudor

    This comprehensive, helpful volume: demonstrates in many settings the use of TA with children and young people; brings a contemporary view of TA to those who specialise in its use with them; explains TA's possibilities to others whose work focuses on the lives, well-being, care and treatment of children and young people.
    Contributions from experienced TA practitioners - educators, psychotherapists, organisational consultants - provide the most comprehensive current account of the art and science of TA with children and young people. It locates TA's therapeutic, educational and organisational work with them firmly on the maps of both current practice and training, for TA practitioners and all others who work with children and young people.

    Working with children and young people who sexually abuse
    Taking the field forward
    Edited by Martin C. Calder

    "Research and practice in this important area of work all continue to change rapidly as the pressures and expectations on workers and agencies increase... This book provides a single up-to-date resource... It draws on a wide range of professional disciplines and reports on emerging areas of practice." ChildRIGHT.

    "A wide range of interesting, relevant and up-to-date material which will be of interest to practitioners wishing to work holistically with young people who sexually abuse."Community Care.

    It will be essential reading for anyone who seeks to keep up-to-date with how we understand or work with these young people: Youth Offending Teams, Social Services, health, psychology, psychiatry, the legal profession, Local Safeguarding Children Boards, academics and researchers, students and trainers.

    Helping mothers move forward
    A workbook to help provide assessment and support to the safe carers of children who have been sexually abused
    By Lynda Regan

    "This workbook is to be welcomed, its A4 size photocopiable worksheets and exercises make it a very good resource for the busy practitioner. A copy should be made available to every children and families social work team." Community Care.

    Offering tried and tested approaches for work with safe carers - principally but not exclusively mothers - of children who have been sexually abused, this workbook allows you to adapt and evolve its framework during both the investigative and recovery stages of their individual experiences, including:
  • setting the scene
  • understanding the carer's position and creating a supportive environment
  • providing a framework for the carer to understand sexual abuse
  • helping the carer to consider these issues in relation to their own situation
  • addressing the future including consideration of issues around safe care - especially if a family wants to consider reunification.

  • Getting to know children and their families
    A framework of questions to help social workers gather appropriate information
    By Asmita Parmar and Pat Spatcher

    "A useful addition to any resource library... especially helpful for students and newly qualified social workers to provide a focus for complex assessments. For more experienced workers, the format provides an aide memoir as to questions that need to be included for assessments… easy to use… can be used with families… individuals could be asked to complete sections without a great deal of difficulty… useful multidisciplinary document." Rostrum.

    Its helpful design provides:
  • suggestions and prompts to the information that often must be gathered when making family visits under tight time constraints
  • a photocopiable framework in which to record the information
  • questions that are appropriate to children of different ages.

  • Only pictures?
    Therapeutic work with Internet sex offenders
    By Ethel Quayle, Marcus Erooga, Louise Wright, Max Taylor, and Dawn Harbinson

    "Pushing the boundaries of our understanding… tested in practice… a robust and reliable evidence-base… spans social care as well as criminal justice… exceptionally well-written and insightful… essential information… The authors explore a lot of essential territory very succinctly spanning theories of child sex abuse and the role of cognitive behaviour therapy, the process and problematic internet use, the role of fantasy and its escalation, emotional avoidance, social activity and collecting images. A must for anyone wanting to get an informed understanding of the motivations and modus operandi of internet sex offenders." Martin Calder.

    Children and young people who sexually abuse
    New theory, research and practice developments
    Edited by Martin C. Calder

    "Discusses ways to engage with such young people, using fairness in interactions whilst still encouraging them to take responsibility for their actions… This book is well written and a good buy for anyone who might be working with children or young people who sexually offend." Seen & Heard.

    "A broad range of new and varied perspectives on a topic which remains under-researched and under-resourced. Most will find something of value." Vista.

    "A highly comprehensive account of research, theory and practice in the field of young people who sexually abuse. A great deal of first class work has gone into its production and it does not stint on detail, variety or depth of analysis… an excellent reference point." Children Now.

    "Workers are increasingly aware of the need to provide evidence based practice and this collection of writings is an excellent resource in support of that expectation." Rostrum.

    "An essential addition for all researchers and practitioners involved in this area." Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry.

    Children living with domestic violence
    Towards a framework for assessment and intervention
    By Martin C. Calder

    "Useful for clinical practitioners, social workers and other professionals." Child Abuse Review.

    "Busy practitioners will welcome the practical assessment checklist and bullet point practice guidance." Community Care.

    "A mass of research findings along with indicators of domestic violence, a screening assessment and principles and engagement issues for working separately with perpetrators, mothers and children. There are questions and indicators for establishing the level of risk or lethality, differential approaches for dealing with contact disputes that do or do not involve allegations of abuse, plus a schedule for ongoing work with the child or young person and methods for assessing the process of change." Young People Now.

    C is for confidence
    A guide to running confidence building courses for women of all ages
    By Mary Blair and Lesley Wilson

    "Written with an understanding of the need for comfort, for humour, for feedback and familiar things that help the participants to begin to relax and feel comfortable in a potentially stressful environment." Nurturing Potential.

    "It really makes running a confidence building course easy and I couldn't have done without it." Anne Kivlin, Scottish Prostitutes Education Project.

    "An imaginative and easy-to-follow workbook for everyone involved in facilitating group work sessions." Newscheck.

    Juveniles and children who sexually abuse
    Frameworks for assessment
    By Martin C. Calder with Helga Hanks & Kevin J. Epps, Bobbie Print, Tony Morrison & Julie Henniker

    "A successful attempt to guide the professional through the assessment tools and research… the authors proceed beyond how to assemble and collate information, to show how the information can be analysed to set treatment goals and how these can, in turn, lead to the evaluation of success or failure, by reference to a ratio of the risk to re-offending… the reference sections were immensely useful." Seen and Heard.

    Facing the future
    A guide for parents of young people who have sexually abused
    By Simon Hackett

    "An extremely valuable book that gives a step-by-step guide to devastated and isolated parents, gives hope in pain, strength in vulnerability, support in extreme need, and clear thinking in a time of consternation…. A very useful resource book for a wide variety of professions and vocations: psychologists, social workers, educators, church and youth leaders, and carers."

    "Full of sound advice and practical exercises that can be used to help parents guide themselves though the disturbing emotions that follow disclosure."Vista.

    "Well constructed and educational without being didactic. It provides a clear explanatory schema for the painful questions that confront carers. Exercises and practical material suggest strategies for coping with the crisis of discovery, managing difficult feelings, making positive changes and working with professionals - hopeful and practical." Community Care.

    Young people who sexually abuse
    Building the evidence base for your practice
    Edited by Martin C. Calder

    "Essential reading… New and informative research… This is a comprehensive volume... should be a well-thumbed addition to any library." Seen and Heard.

    "Each chapter of the book has a multiplicity of references to more in-depth articles and research but this book is itself certainly a mine of information. It is hard in a short review to cover the depth of the information in this book." Rostrum.

    Contributors "set a standard for effective practice that will enable existing programmes to evaluate their work, new programmes to develop and child protection decision making to be made more effective." Community Care.

    Mothers of sexually abused children
    A framework for assessment, understanding and support
    By Martin Calder with Anne Peake and Kate Rose

    "The book's value in providing workers with a theoretical framework to inform their practice is beyond doubt." Professional Social Work.

    "The importance of not isolating or undermining mothers is emphasised and the chapter on practical exercises and the appendices will come as bread from heaven to those with responsibility for developing local services." Probation Journal.

    "A wealth of practical detail… Each chapter is provided with summaries of the main points (indispensable to the busy practitioner), together with useful checklists and exercises to use." VISTA.

    Conducting family assessments
    A practice guide
    By City of Salford Community and Social Services Directorate

    "Now that the Assessment Framework Guidance has been published, there is a need for all those involved in making assessments of families to equip themselves with a range of useful tools to help them with this complex task. This guide provides tools which will be particularly valuable in considering parenting strengths and weaknesses, and could be used in training sessions." Community Care.

    This manual will be of practical use to all those professionals involved in the assessment of family situations, including social workers, Guardians ad Litem, legal advocates, family centres, residential and foster carers, students, and health personnel.

    Working with young people who sexually abuse
    New pieces of the jigsaw puzzle
    Edited by Martin C. Calder

    " This book brings back together and extends our current knowledge. What I appreciated was the invitation to practitioners to reflect on their working and thinking." Professional Social Work.

    "Some edited publications are little more than a collection of related articles. In this book Calder sets out to provide stimulus to debate on the establishment of good practice in this emerging area of work... The different chapters confirm the need for a multi-agency, genuinely integrated approach… This is a substantial and potentially influential publication." Community Care.

    Assessing risk in adult males who sexually abuse children
    A practitioner's guide
    By Martin C. Calder with Andy Hampson and John Skinner

    "Exceptionally interesting and worthwhile... lucid and cohesive." Community Care.

    "I am very impressed by the work that has gone into compiling this book and by the way the information is presented... this book will help." Probation Journal.

    At its heart is a comprehensive assessment framework which explores over thirty components, broken down into definitions, relevant research findings and resources/practice guidance. Over 800 references provide guidance for more specific follow-up. Actual samples of over 70 questionnaires help practitioners assess which they might want to use.

    Strong mothers
    A resource for mothers and carers of children who have been sexually assaulted
    By Anne Peake and Marion Fletcher

    Written by a mother whose children have been sexually assaulted and a psychologist, this resource will help mothers whose children have been sexually assaulted to learn to live with the feeling that "nothing will be the same again."

    It will aid them in the realisation that they are not alone in their journey by including inserts from other mothers of sexually abused children, and give sound advice and information on what to expect in terms of support, the law and carrying the emotional burden.

    "An opportunity for professionals to listen to the mothers to hear what their fears are, what questions they need answered and to appreciate what help and advice mothers really need." Rostrum.