Textbooks and teaching resources in social work and youth 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.

    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.

    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.

    Youth work and faith
    Debates, delights and dilemmas
    Edited by Mark K. Smith, Naomi Stanton and Tom Wylie

    Following recent decline in statutory youth work provision alongside growth in the faith-based sectors, thinking about youth work and faith is crucial, both to those working in faith-based settings and those working with them as partners or funders. This unique book draws on the debates, delights and dilemmas of the relationship between youth work and faith. It is informed by a range of perspectives, from specific faith traditions as well as cross-cutting issues, and will enhance both practice and study.

    This book fills a gap in the market for a contemporary youth work text that addresses the underlying tensions within faith-based work and embraces a multi-faith approach.

    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.

    Social work and mental health
    The value of everything
    By Peter Gilbert with Peter Bates, Sarah Carr, Michael Clark, Nick Gould and Greg Slay

    "If you are looking for a social work text that is interesting and entertaining but that also retains a sensitive and humane approach to mental health work, then this is a good and valuable read." British Journal of Social Work.

    "Immensely uplifting… packed with current, integrated information. What is striking is how far mental health has moved from the medical model. This is all handled sensitively in a reader-friendly style… I thoroughly recommend this book, for those who may only have time to read short sections to reinforce their own values or those who are working with people who have a mental illness and want to remind themselves of core social work values and some of the reasons they may be doing this work." Professional Social Work.

    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 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.

  • Reappraisals
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    The art of social work practice
    Edited by Toyin Okitikpi and Cathy Aymer

    "It is rare to find a social work textbook that you can't put down, but this is one." Community Care.

    "(The contributors) explore the role of social work and how it has been influenced by politics and society. They emphasise 'the art of social work' and highlight the need for the profession to recapture the foundation of our work, which is based on the relationship with service users... refreshing and thought provoking... beneficial to all involved in social work... a book that you could refer to again and again and it would always have you thinking and reflecting... offers sound guidance and advice on how we can improve and promote 'the art of social work practice'." Journal of Social Work.

    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."

    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.

    Youth work process, product and practice
    Creating an authentic curriculum in work with young people
    By Jon Ord

    "Great overviews of the essential elements for good youth work… So much is missed if we do youth work for outcomes' sake alone." Youthwork.

    "Steering a ship between Jeffs and Smith's apparent refusal to accept a youth work curriculum and Merton and Wylie's attempts to forge a modern product based curriculum... a compelling argument for process based development, answering the need to communicate practice without reducing youth work to a box ticking exercise or removing young people's ability to shape the work… provides an invaluable record of how youth work has responded and evolved in response to constant pressure to prove its worth... a useful insight to anyone involved in curriculum development." Youth and Policy.

    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.

    Evidence-based social work
    A guide for the perplexed
    By Tony Newman, Alice Moseley, Stephanie Tierney and Annemarie Ellis

    "Written in an easy-to-read style this book makes the inaccessible, accessible. How do you find the evidence, what matters and what doesn't? With the many research findings how do you sort the wheat from the chaff? How do you make sense of the statistics. The answers are all in this excellent book. I strongly recommend it." Ann Buchanan, University of Oxford.

    "Written in plain English... illustrates how evidence-based social work can be put into practice, and how it improves outcomes for those with whom we work." Professional Social Work.

    Journeying together
    Growing youth work and youth workers in local communities
    Edited by Alan Rogers & Mark K Smith

    "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.

    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.

    The barefoot helper
    Mindfulness and creativity in social work and the helping professions
    By Mark Hamer

    "Might help you to do your job better, stay sane and be happy." Addiction Today.

    "A refreshing discourse on regaining the soul of social work by becoming more authentic people ourselves... who knows, it could be the start of social work ridding itself of its corporate dullness and becoming the exciting, creative profession that seduced many of us in the first place." Wellbeing.

    "I endorse it wholeheartedly." The Guardian's Barefoot Doctor.

    Mark Hamer is a practising social worker/therapist and author of Preventing Breakdown: a manual for those working in families and the individuals within them.

    Introducing social work
    Edited by Steven M. Shardlow and Pete Nelson

    "Are you considering a career in social work? Then this is the book for you. It should also be read by experienced workers and teachers in the profession… The chapters trace the historical developments in social work thinking, policy and organisation and in so doing promote a persuasive, and often moving, argument for a invigorated practice based on the values of social justice, inclusion and self determination. Many of the chapters rightly stress the need for practitioners to continuously reconnect with these values and principles. The book manages to include some very recent policy developments and trends… a flavour of coming changes…. The content is powerful and deserves to be read." Community Care.

    Responding to adolescents
    Helping relationship skills for youth workers, mentors and other advisers
    By Angela M. Taylor

    "A book which should be dipped into at regular intervals, and in particular when feeling unsure on how to deal with a certain issue which may have developed." Youth & Policy.

    "It does not aim at the clinic or the couch but at staff and mentors who work with young people in cafes and clubs, showing how to arrest problems through early intervention… Case studies give sound advice and readers are guided to sources for further help." Community Care.

    "This book will become a classic introductory textbook for mentors and youthworkers…" YoungMinds

    "A must… obviously well researched, up to date and can only improve your practice.. It's a reference book, a training guide, a theory book and practice guide, all rolled into one." Youthwork.

    "Remarkably comprehensive and easy to use." Care & Health.

    Delivering good youth work
    A working guide to surviving and thriving
    By Gina Ingram and Jean Harris

    "A wonderful handbook for youth workers at many levels of practice. Few stones are left unturned. It moves comfortably from illustrative case studies and selective quotations to political statement and theoretical analysis - all the time seeking to sharpen the quality of professional practice and locate it within both the contemporary political and policy context and the pressures of bureaucratic management. " Young People Now.

    "Case studies, quotes from workers, parents, young people and carers add flavour to this book, making it a valuable resource - practical, informative and handy to have around a busy desk… worth every penny." Newscheck.

    Being effective and remaining human
    By Peter Gilbert

    "Asserts a powerful and clear image of the human service leader." The International Journal of Leadership in Public Service.

    "Reminds us that leadership occurs at all levels... impressive." Nursing Standard.

    "The chapter on the use - and potential abuse - of personal power and authority is essential reading… suitable for anyone practicing leadership at whatever level and provides excellent scope for reflection on personal aspirations and performance." Social Caring.

    Power and empowerment
    By Neil Thompson

    "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.

    By Bernard Moss

    "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.

    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.

    The RHP Companion to working with young people
    Edited by Fiona Factor, Vipin Chauhan and John Pitts

    "Covers almost completely the territory which youth work now occupies... the editors have done a magnificent job... enables the reader to explore very disparate issues in a systematic way." Young People Now.

    "Packed with useful material… the 32 chapters are of a uniformly high standard." Community Care.

    "An excellent resource... highly affordable and accessible." Professional Social Work.

    "Brings a wealth of practical experience and a rigorous critical approach to its examination of the needs of young people and of the different styles of intervention that have been developed to meet those needs.' Voluntary Voice.

    "A friend to policy makers and practitioners alike… Get it. Share it'. Rapport.

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    Evaluation in action
    Theory and practice for effective evaluation
    By Gillian Squirrell

    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.

    Promoting equality, valuing diversity
    A learning and development manual
    By Neil Thompson

    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.

    Engagement in practice
    Theory and practice for successful engagement
    By Gillian Squirrell

    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.

    Religion and spirituality
    By Bernard Moss

    "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.

    Meaning and values: developing empowering practice
    A learning and development manual
    By Bernard Moss and Neil Thompson

    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:
  • how values help us make sense of our experiences and create meaning in our lives
  • how, nevertheless, the power that other people have over us can sometimes
  • undermine our values and meaning making, and make us feel we have little or no control over our lives
  • how the 'helping professions' can work in an empowering way with people who feel demoralised, helpless and oppressed in ways that respect their values and sense of meaning.

  • Understanding social care
    Second edition
    By Neil Thompson and Sue Thompson

    Now brought thoroughly up to date, this book was acclaimed in the previous edition: "Very clearly laid out with a range of useful exercises that encourage the reader to reflect, both on their own practice and on reading… to feel enthused not only to explore specific issues such as assessment, but also to look at how they might take their thinking further… I would recommend this book to anybody involved in S/NVQ Awards in Care at Level 4… it would also be a valuable starting point to social work students at the beginning of their training." Rostrum.