Engagement and inclusion
Power and empowerment
"A useful gateway to the complexity of power and empowerment… as succinct an introduction as one could wish for… It is a book which speaks a strong commitment to social justice and which also provides a welcome antidote to the tendency to polarise 'powerful' and 'powerless' - Neil Thompson provides an altogether more subtle and compelling analysis… I can see experienced practitioners and practice teachers enjoying it. This is a book that goes well beyond the rhetoric." Professor Mark Doel, Sheffield Hallam University.
An elephant in the room
An equality and diversity training manual
"Helps to make difficult issues around discrimination something that we can all relate to." Community Care.
"Should help many staff groups make the topics less scary and more accessible." Rostrum.
Most people are not racist, sexist, homophobic, ageist or prejudiced against faith groups and they don't deliberately make life harder for people with a disability. However, they are bombarded with negative stereotypes and myths in their daily lives. Their own limited opportunity for mixing with people different to them can lead to ignorance, insensitivity and unthinking prejudice. The discussion-based approach aims to get people in the workplace talking openly about race, gender, disability, faith, age and sexuality.
"Of use to anyone working in human resources, whatever type of organisation or business they are in… highly recommended." The Magistrate.
Promoting equality, valuing diversity
A learning and development manual
Issues of equality and diversity are complex, difficult and sensitive. This training manual is designed to help people to build on the strengths and avoid the pitfalls of the past. It dispels some of the myths and oversimplifications around issues like 'political correctness', and provides a background knowledge base and a series of 22 exercises on: race and ethnicity; gender; age; disability; sexual orientation; and religion. Suitable for training and development professionals, managers, teachers, lecturers and mentors, it will help people make the transition form the dogmatic reductionism of the past and build a more positive, sophisticated and effective approach to tackling discrimination, and contributing to more humane and dignified environments in the workplace and in society as a whole.
Working with Black young people
"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.
Engagement in practice
Theory and practice for successful engagement
For anyone working with communities, this book explores: various forms and meanings of engagement and participation; opportunities for engagement; the skills and attitudes needed for undertaking engagement ethically and effectively; different types of engagement practice for different circumstances, purposes, intended outputs and stakeholder groups; preparing stakeholders for what is involved; reducing the risks of exclusion; possible pitfalls in some types of engagement activities; evaluating engagement work.
Social pedagogy in the UK
Theory and practice
Social pedagogy is an approach to service delivery that is common across Europe. This accessible text explores and explains:
Focusing on practice situations within which social pedagogy can be seen to be effective, it:
Evaluation in action
Theory and practice for effective evaluation
Principally for use in work with communities, this book helps the reader consider: methodologies and theory; a range of different approaches to framing and undertaking evaluations, and how to consider which is most appropriate; issues of power, politics, values; the choices involved in conducting evaluations, and the consequences of these choices; the learning that comes from evaluations, to stimulate project and organisational changes.
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
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:
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.
Working with street children
An approach explored
"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.
Radical youth work
Developing critical perspectives and professional judgement
"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.
Growing youth work and youth workers in local communities
"Refreshing, inspiring and utterly convincing… calling us to return to long-term investment in local communities where collaboration between funders, trainers and youth work projects enables sustainable, and ultimately, truly transformational youth and community work." Youthwork.
"Aims to inspire youth workers and others in the sector to take the talent, ability, excitement and "spark" and use it to innovate further… Advice is given on how to grow self-belief and self-development within a workforce... what is needed is a principle-driven, not target-driven leadership style, which fosters trust and honesty so issues can be raised and risks taken that benefit youth work and make a bigger impact in the community." Children & Young People Now.
Not about us without us
Client involvement in supported housing
"A wealth of useful advice… well worth reading." Connect.
Offers theoretical insight and practical help with developing client involvement in running and advising on existing provision of supported housing, campaigning for change, and creating new services. It emphasises: the importance of champions, commitment from senior management, independent advocacy, and the need for agencies to be open to ideas about changing their structures. Considers rationales, policy and lessons from other sectors; and provides extensive practical guidance - copiable when undertaking direct work - on issues of barriers, power relations and developing non-prescriptive practice.
"Helps turn insight into quality service delivery… an excellent resource." Addiction Today.
Partnership made painless
A joined-up guide to working together
"Until now there has been no book that sought to give practitioners or managers explicit guidance in how to make partnerships work. This volume seeks to fill that gap… it does so admirably… an accessible 'how-to-do-it' approach… the practical experience of the authors in establishing and nurturing partnerships does give the book the feel of lived reality." Vista.
"A book that goes beyond the rhetoric and addresses some of the problems." Community Care.
Resettling homeless people
Theory and practice
"Excellent… comprehensive treatment of what makes for successful and sustainable resettlement of homeless people… intelligently bridges the gap between a serious academic discussion of resettlement and realistic and practical solutions… a relevant and much needed model for working with homeless people taking into account all of their needs… a highly practical guide covering everything needed… could easily be incorporated into training sessions." Community Care.
Supplying a much-needed accessible examination of what makes for successful, sustainable resettlement of homeless people, this book explores the theory and skills needed for intervening effectively with service users. Seeing resettlement as an on-going process to empower homeless people to gain and remain in appropriate permanent accommodation, it focuses on solutions that go beyond securing move-on accommodation.
Supporting positive parenting
A proven programme based on mutual respect, designed for local community initiatives
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:
A practical handbook
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:
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.
"Music and song writing are great at getting people together to express themselves. Community Music is a wonderful tool for all those who wish to tap into this latent creativity. Inspirational." Billy Bragg.
"I read this excellent how-to book in one sitting and then went back for more... not only a practical but an inspiring book... buy it, read it and do it." Young People Now.
"Instructive and inspiring." Sounding Board.
"Offers guidance, tips, exercises and first-hand experiences about making community music, running workshops, building up relationships, group work and planning and performance... culturally diverse... a comprehensive guide to anyone who wants to explore music-making, but isn't quite sure where to start." Care & Health.
What I did on my summer vacation
Surviving and helping others learn from a boyhood of sexual abuse
"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.
Self-esteem: a family affair
A proven programme based on mutual respect, designed for local community initiatives
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.
Helping young people develop moral reasoning and thinking skills about offending and anti-social behaviour
"Should work really well with young people. The majority of the units are based around written case studies or stories, but many of these could easily be adapted as role play or "hot-seat" activities. Resources also include sets of cards, problem page letters, and other worksheets that are well illustrated and can be easily photocopied…. many of the activities could very usefully be used for group work with any young people." Young People Now.
This comprehensive programme contains material for 10 two-hour sessions, all extensively trialled with practitioners, plus ideas and suggestions for further work.
Anti-racist work with young people
European experiences and approaches
"This is a good book, ranging from a theoretical overview to practical possibilities in anti-racist work... 23 activities are suggested, ranging in duration from 10 minutes to a whole day. They might be used independently or as part of a planned programme. They focus to different degrees on questions of identity, 'difference' and exclusion and racism... (The authors present) broad aspirations, but they are reflected in practical case studies of anti-racist work in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands. All share one central characteristic: they point to the need for young people to be facilitated in developing their own coping strategies and their own versions of identity." Young People Now.
Life changes: managing parents' and children's emotions
A proven programme based on mutual respect designed for local community initiatives
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:
The manual contains sufficient material for 6-10 easy-to-follow sessions, with handouts that are photocopiable for use whenever needed.
Understanding and responding to homeless experiences, identities and cultures
Homeless and ex-homeless people, leading academics and practitioners, describe experiences of going through various homeless 'systems'; sometimes many times. They show how these experiences, alongside other powerful forces, affect not only homeless people, but also homeless workers. Reading about how, as individuals, they contest and negotiate the identities that are thereby superimposed,lets us learn from the lives of rough sleepers, people who have multiple needs, the refugee experience, denial of sexual identity, love on the streets, challenging behaviour, homeless sector culture, and the labelling of 'difficult people' and 'unresponsive services'.
"Impressive … a timely and thought-provoking book." Professional Social Work.
For anyone who works with adults in any setting who are in need of care or support and who are unable to protect themselves from harm, exploitation or loss of independence. This book shows the need to offer them respect as citizens alongside protection from discrimination and abuse, which can result from powerful social processes of marginalisation, exclusion and stigmatisation. It addresses: how any of us can create and perpetuate the experience of being 'vulnerable'; how we can address this as a matter of personal responsibility and in workplace cultures and practices; what we can do if we feel that someone is being subjected to abuse; why we sometimes don't challenge other workers; why we should; and what happens when we do.
The RHP Companion to youth justice
"Very welcome… Those both within and outside the system need to see the persisting dilemmas… we need to muster our arguments with authority: this companion assists that purpose." Young People Now.
"Dares to address debates and controversies in a courageous, yet even-handed manner… A real must for anyone interested in preventing youth offending." Community Safety Journal.
Meaning and values: developing empowering practice
A learning and development manual
For training and teaching, across the helping professions… these 36 exercises, guidance on using them, case studies and further learning suggestions will stimulate debate and understanding about:
"Ambitious… allows readers to take a new and fresh look at some well-known material on values… will hopefully foster a desire for further reflection on the role that values play in everyday situations." Professional Social Work.
"Knowing ourselves is a prerequisite for reflective practice." Community Care.
"The author really does 'know his stuff' and is passionate to share it." Addiction Today.
It offers "a refreshing perspective… Reflective exercises (for individual or group use) are interspersed with the text, making this a useful teaching resource and learning tool." Rostrum.
Religion and spirituality
"Intended to help staff engage with people's religion and spirituality, if appropriate… It guides the reader through ways of celebrating diversity, fostering resilience and challenging discrimination." Care & Health.
"Indispensable for holistic service provision... displays an impressive degree of cultural sensitivity toward people of faith… represents an important contribution to the mainstreaming of spirituality in social work practice." Journal of Social Work.