Complete list of RHP publications, A-Z by title

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.

After Macpherson
Policing after the Stephen Lawrence inquiry
Edited by Barry Loveday and Alan Marlow

This bridge-building book looks at issues to be addressed for shared goals to become reality in ways that protect communities, build respect for the police and safeguard the dignity of all.

Written by senior police officers and by former officers now working as criminologists - together with their colleagues in community and social studies - looks at ethnic minorities' experience of policing and the criminal justice system: who is stopped and who is searched; developments in police/community relations; effective partnerships.

Anti-racist work with young people
European experiences and approaches
Edited by Anna Aluffi-Pentini and Walter Lorenz

"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.

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.

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.

    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.

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

    Edited by Martin C. Calder and Simon Hackett

    "Undoubtedly an invaluable practice resource." British Journal of Social Work.

    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.

  • The book's systematic and focussed access to the knowledge that underpins their work is also of value to researchers, academics and policy-makers, and especially useful to anyone undertaking postgraduate or post-qualifying studies. Fully updated, it:
  • incorporates responses to all major developments in the field
  • gives increased emphasis to the importance of addressing risk
  • includes completely new material, for example on working with parents with a learning disability.

  • 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.

    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.

    "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.

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

    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.

    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.

    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 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.

    Child neglect and behavioural parent education
    Research and 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.

  • Child sexual abuse and the internet
    Tackling the new frontier
    Edited by Martin C. Calder

    "Helps interested parents, academics and practitioners learn more about this fastchanging, limitless phenomenon." International Journal of Police Science & Management.

    "Engaging accessible and practical, not only in considering some of the current debates and dilemmas but also in discussing what some of the more effective solutions might be." Child Abuse Review.

    "I would strongly recommend this book to practicing professionals who wish to acquire basic and more advanced knowledge of assessing and managing individuals convicted of internet-related sexual offences." Journal of Sexual Aggression.

    "Offending in this way is at least as complex a process as that which is involved in hands-on offending. As such it requires a tailored approach for assessment and treatment, an essential part of which is an understanding of the relationship between the Internet and its users." NOTA News.

    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.

    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.

    Community music
    A handbook
    Edited by Peter Moser and George McKay

    "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.

    Complaints panels in social care
    By Catherine Williams and Katy Ferris

    This benchmark guide to complaints panels is built on the authors' many years' involvement in - and extensive research into - panels in several local authorities. Aiming to enhance the work of panels for the benefit of all involved, it:
  • introduces the legal requirements and procedure of complaints panels
  • identifies potential pitfalls and suggests how to avoid them
  • advises on achieving best practice, including real case examples
  • explains for advocates and their clients what to expect from the experience.

  • "Useful for training staff or panel members... Helpfully, the publisher offers discounts for bulk purchases." 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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    "NSPCC Library book of the year 2013."

    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.

    Creative outdoor work with young people
    By Alan Smith

    "Wonderfully imaginative, inspiring and practical." Scottish Child.

    "Page after page of games, activities and words of wisdom, all designed with safety codes of practice in mind." Right Angle.

    "Promotes independence, challenge and imagination as well as teamwork and co-operation." TES.

    95 successfully tried and tested activities and games cover: finding the way; orienteering; camp activities; problem solving; studying the environment; canoe games; planning and safety; choosing accommodation, and more. You can easily adapt or modify the ideas and material to suit the experience of the young people involved, the resources available and the outdoor conditions.

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

    Developing leadership
    A learning and development manual
    By Peter Gilbert and Neil Thompson

    The quality of leadership is often the key difference between:
  • organisational success and failure
  • a positive, energising place to work, and a negative, stressful environment.
    This manual can help trainers and managers, directors, councilors and trustees to create cultures and working environments that motivate and inspire people.

    It presents effective leadership as inseparable from other issues of workplace well-being, and something that can pay dividends in terms of: higher standards of work; higher levels of job satisfaction; a better working environment; fewer mistakes or difficult situations to deal with; clearer procedures and expectations; and more and better opportunities for learning.

    To help unlock these benefits, it provides: background information and a theoretical underpinning on leadership in modern organisations; 11 exercises, with guidance; 12 leadership biographies; and 14 presentation slides.

    Don't shoot! I'm a detached youth worker
    By Mike and Inez Burgess

    Written by a detached youth worker together with his partner, and illustrated with case studies, photographs and posters involving young people with whom he has worked for many years, this book brings to life the fun, enjoyment, challenges and difficulties of detached youth work everywhere. It also contains numerous photocopiable project management documents. You can adapt them to support your work.

    "Will inspire practitioners as to what they can achieve and illustrate to onlookers what detached youth work actually is and what can be reasonably expected of it." Youth and Policy.

    "Will interest new and experienced detached workers." Children Now.

    Drug induced
    Addiction and treatment in perspective
    By Phil Harris

    "It would be difficult for anyone involved in working with addiction whether as a practitioner, or manager, or policy maker to come away from reading this informative and interesting book without some spur to reflecting on and changing their own thinking and practice." Vista.

    "This thought-provoking book challenges many aspects of the theoretical base and clinical practices prevalent in the addictions field today... Will, hopefully, encourage alcohol and drug workers to re-evaluate their 'sacred cows'." Addiction Today.

    "Should be essential reading". Youth and Policy.

    "A brave and trenchant little book... He supports his arguments with a comprehensive array of references from both friend and foe... it hangs together well... Those who spend their time in labs... may find it useful as a kind of Gideon Bible to keep by their bedsides to remind them of higher things that those with addiction problems will often need, more than a fix from the laboratories, if they are to recover successfully." Journal of Mental Health.

    The Education Handbook for Foster Carers Handbook
    By Anne Peake

    This revised 2nd Edition:
    - provides guidance and help to suppport your child through school
    - helps to build all important relationships between child, teacher and school
    -provides ideas and answers to frequently asked questions, and explains the language used in education as well as social care
    - is enriched by the comments and insights of parents, carers and children.

    An elephant in the room
    An equality and diversity training manual
    By Blair McPherson

    "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.

    Empathy for the devil
    How to help people overcome drugs and alcohol problems
    By Phil Harris

    "Discusses the complexity of drug and alcohol problems with more references to cultural and social aspects than previous work that I have read in this area... I particularly enjoyed Harris's astute reflections upon the therapeutic relationship, something not always talked about." The Psychologist.

    Includes case studies, exercises and tools.

    "The author has taken on a huge brief and attempted it bravely... a useful book to dip into... a valuable snapshot of the zeitgeist in drugs work and drug users... what it sets out to do, it accomplishes well." Therapy Today.

    "Book of the month... his bibliography makes for extensive further reading." Drugscope Members Briefing.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Global perspectives on foster family care
    Edited by Matthew Colton

    This highly informative book offers insight into the philosophies, policies and practices of foster care systems in 10 diverse countries that span the world's continents and reflect global trends in foster family care: Argentina; China; France; India; Japan; Poland; South Africa; Sweden; United Kingdom; United States. They represent each of the major models of welfare systems and show wide differences with respect to racial mix, economic conditions, the value placed on ancestral ties, and the role of religion in social care.

    "I found it fascinating to read." Rostrum.

    "Enlightening and well informed." Adoption & Fostering.

    Global youth work
    Provoking consciousness and taking action
    By Momodou Sallah

    In a world of grotesque inequality and disproportionate distribution of the world's resources, the emerging discipline of Global Youth Work has suffered from a lack of theoretical location, and has been progressively ignored in practice. This book:
  • develops a conceptual framework, drawing on theories of globalisation, anti-oppressive practice, development theory, education, and youth work
  • provides spaces and resources to critically engage with this discipline
  • advances theory and practice.

  • Global Youth Work should also be rooted in social justice. This book aims to:
  • provoke consciousness, helping individual and groups of young people to explore ways of conceptualising and interacting with the world that differ from their existing constructions of reality, to gain a new critical consciousness
  • encourage young people to take action, commensurate with their abilities, to move from a state of paralysis, to change the way things are.

  • Hammered
    Young people and alcohol
    By Fast Forward Positive Lifestyles Ltd

    "Packed with photocopiable activities to use with groups... without doubt one of the most accessible resources around... this is the ideal pack to use in generic youth work settings." Young People Now.

    For working with young people aged 10-25, this resource manual will help newcomers and those with experience to feel comfortable and confident in delivering alcohol education programmes.

    The information section of this popular and widely used manual was revised in August 2011, and a new poster is now included. The activities are unchanged.

    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.

  • Improving the health and well-being of young people leaving care
    By Bob Broad

    "This is a must-have book. There is qualitative and quantitative evidence, with many heartbreaking stories in the words of the young people themselves... a wealth of material that will motivate any practitioner to become more political as well as passionate in moving forward the social inclusion agenda for looked after young people. Community Practitioner.

    "Invaluable to those with overall responsibility for developing leaving care services or who have an interest in these services." Foster Care.

    "This thought-provoking research will undoubtedly influence future service developments that seek to embrace the needs of this particular group of young people." Young People Now.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Juveniles and children who sexually abuse
    Frameworks for assessment
    Second edition

    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.

    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.

    Leadership with young people
    By Peter Barnes

    "A rich and comprehensive resource." Care and Health.

    "Factual, concise and easy to read, giving directions to areas or further study. The use of 'real' commentary from young people enhances the read and draws attention to individual needs in a group environment.. a sound overview of the issues encountered when working with leading a group. I have, in fact, passed the book on to a young woman who I am currently mentoring, since I feel it would provide a theoretical base to support hands-on training." Newscheck.

    The leaving care handbook
    Helping and supporting care leavers
    Edited by Ann Wheal

    "A cornucopia of advice and practical tools for practitioners and young people... a unique and indispensable aid to the work of leaving-care teams and services. Every team must have one." Keynotes.

    "I recommend it." Community Care.

    "Allows photocopying of forms and handouts, creating a live resource rather than another book collecting dust in busy offices... accessible to all... invaluable working tool for practitioners and young people." Young People Now.

    "Anyone working in or studying in the leaving care area will benefit from this guide." Children Now.

    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.

    Looking glass
    A positive communication workbook
    By Lynda Regan, Carole Pelling, and Sally Jones

    Here are ideas and guidance on building positive relationships with young women aged 12-16, for anyone doing direct work with them... the exercises can be photocopied and given to young people.

    "A jumping off point for an imaginative worker to use both practical and creative skills to explore the complexities of relationship dynamics, expressing emotions, informed choices and positive identities." Youth Justice.

    "Offers a progressive framework to help young people examine and express their feelings. The sessions were developed in work with young women in residential care, but could be useful for workers in a wide range of settings." Young People Now.

    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.

    Managing social care
    A guide for new managers
    By Paul Harrison

    "A standard reference work... for aspirant managers... and a substantive benchmark for existing managers who want to redevelop and reassess their own performance in a positive and developmental style." Health Manager.

    "It's a text that can be read on the hoof, but also kept as a reference, to be consulted on those occasions when some enlightenment, guidance and reassurance is required." CAAB newsletter.

    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.

  • Men who are violent to women
    A groupwork practice manual
    By David Morran and Monica Wilson

    "A well researched and well presented resource... wide ranging... clearly set out and practical... excellent use of case studies." Community Care.

    Shows how you can implement a groupwork programme for men who are violent to their female partners, and help these men to learn a range of practical steps to change their behaviour, and stop their violence. It can be used with men who are self-referred as well as those referred through the courts; describes the nuts and bolts of setting up a programme; gives guidance for programme group workers; and includes over 150 pages of photocopiable training modules, forms for assessment and timesaving sample documents for use with agencies. This model for good theoretically-based, professionally-delivered, accountable practice, is based on the CHANGE Men's Programme which was developed and run by the authors.

    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.

    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 (also available from this website) 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

    "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 (also available from this website) 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. 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

    "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 (also available from this website) 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. 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 (also available from this website) 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.

  • The new politics of youth crime
    Discipline or solidarity
    By John Pitts

    "Well-argued and accessible reader for anyone involved with children and young people who offend; it is not just for criminologists. It explains elegantly how and why the youth justice system is as it is today, and argues that the political and organisational structure of youth crime is deepening social exclusion, creating more divisions in society and sucking more and more petty offenders into the criminal justice system..' Care & Health.

    "Compelling reading... absorbing and thought-provoking." Youth Justice.

    "A tour de force... a reminder that if demands to conform to social norms are to be made of young people, it is necessary to ensure they experience obvious benefits from doing so.' 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.

    Not about us without us
    Client involvement in supported housing
    By Mike Seal

    "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.

    Not so different
    Teenage attitudes across a decade of change in Northern Ireland
    Edited by Dirk Schubotz and Paula Devine

    "Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society's margins, all of us will be impoverished." Kofi Annan.

    Based on data collected by Young Life and Times - the longest running annual cross-sectional attitude survey among any of the UK or Ireland's young people - this book is a rich resource for anyone interested in teenagers' attitudes and viewpoints over the last decade.

    Covering community relations, rights and democratic participation, mental health, loneliness, play and leisure, sexual grooming and sexual exploitation, and the positive contributions that 16 year olds make to society, it features contributions from academics and social policy makers, all nationally and internationally recognised experts in their fields.

    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.

    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 of offending 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.

    Outdoors with young people
    A leader's guide to outdoor activities, the environment and sustainability
    By Geoff Cooper

    "An outstanding book that every outdoor educator should own." Horizons.

    "A strong case is made for using the outdoors as a vehicle for personal and social education as well as for developing a range of skills such as communication, leadership, assertiveness and self-presentation." Newscheck.

    "A superb practical tool-kit of ideas, approaches, techniques, strategies, games and methodologies... a strong foundation of educational theory and methodology underpinning the structure." Director, City of Edinburgh Environment Centre.

    "Indispensable for anyone planning to take young people out of doors - for whatever reason." NAFSO Book Supplement.

    Parental alienation
    How to understand and address parental alienation resulting from acrimonious divorce or separation
    By Ludwig F. Lowenstein

    "Addresses the causes and consequences of divorce emphasising the disastrous effect of manipulative parental manoeuvring upon the emotional well being of the developing child... a useful addition to the information available to any professional involved in child custody matters." The Expert & Dispute Resolver.

    "Gets the balance right. There is a substantial amount of comment and explanation without sacrifice of academic content... recommend it." Justice of the Peace.

    "It uses research and case studies to argue for recognition for PAS and to demonstrate the techniques used in mediation and psychological assessment of parent and child." Community Care.

    "A 'must read' for those working in the area of separation, divorce, mediation and child risk." Dennis R Trent, President of the International Council of Psychologists.

    Parents' anger management
    The PAMP
    By Gerry Heery

    Acknowledging that almost all parents have at least some difficulties with anger, PAMP is suitable for social work, counselling, mental health, justice and community work. It provides guidance on: conducting sessions; the values and knowledge base; the support, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation that are essential to PAMP's positive, ethical and effective use.

    Includes eight two-hour sessions, deliverable individually or in groups.

    "Social workers should consider this programme, and should be aware of the importance of preparing parents and carers to cope with their own ill-temper... it would give people like me an idea of the problems they were going to face... recommended." Journal of Mental Health.

    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, copies of which are also available from RHP in loose-leaf format
  • guidance for its use and a scheme of work.

  • 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.

    Philosophy in youth and community work
    By Mike Seal and Simon Frost

    Democracy, tolerance, fairness, trust, respect, conversation, self, society, individualism, collectivism, autonomy... these are things that, as youth workers, we all talk about. And we all think we know what we mean. But do we agree with each other? And does it matter?

    This book shows - in measured, careful language - how we can explore the assumptions behind our work. It raises questions about the values we should hold in relating to each other, the nature of these relationships, and what it is to be a person in society. It:
  • helps workers at all levels - and young people - dig deeper and ask questions about who creates knowledge that is offered to them
  • encourages a diversity of philosophical outlook
  • helps us understand the tensions that do arise in our work, and appreciate its coherence.

  • Plain English for social services
    A guide to better communication
    By Graham Hopkins

    "If taken seriously, the book could revolutionise communication within your workplace and between your department and the public. Buy the book. Wince at the jokes. Absorb the sensible and practical advice." Community Care.

    More often than not, the things we write are shared with others, including clients and their carers, relatives and representatives, and the public. So more than ever, we need to be able to write in a way that ordinary people can understand. Through the use of hundreds of real examples, this book shows you how to:
  • understand your audience
  • write concisely
  • punctuate your work more effectively
  • express yourself clearly
  • prefer everyday words and avoid jargon
  • be confident about your use of English.

  • 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.

    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 family strengths, developing pride and focusing on solutions rather than problems... an accessible and essential book to have at hand." ChildRIGHT.

    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.

    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.

    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).

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Resettling homeless people
    Theory and practice
    By Mike Seal

    "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.

    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.

    The RHP Companion to outdoor education
    Edited by Peter Barnes and Bob Sharp

    "A valuable resource for many professionals who may work in partnership with outdoor education providers and who want to develop a greater appreciation of the whys and hows of outdoor education." Young People Now.

    "Aimed at students, lecturers and practitioners and succeeds in providing a broad introduction to the field as well as providing in depth discussion around some of the current issues and themes... Up-to-date references to widely scattered papers, books and articles will allow readers who want to explore further to find the growing body of writing by UK authors." Leisure Studies Journal.

    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.

    The RHP Companion to youth justice
    Edited by Tim Bateman and John Pitts

    "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.

    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.

    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.

    Safeguarding adults
    By Jackie Martin

    "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.

    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.

    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 this book 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.

    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.

    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.

    Smart thinking
    Helping young people develop moral reasoning and thinking skills about offending and anti-social behaviour
    By Don Rowe and Amanda Dickson. Published in association with the Citizenship Foundation.

    "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.

    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 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.

  • Social work and child and adolescent mental health
    By Steven Walker

    "Argues that children and young people must be related to as active agents in their own lives... A focus on their potential for resilience rather than preoccupation with their vulnerability and risk is at the heart of how Walker believes modern social work practice in the arena of mental health should be." Young People Now.

    "A structured, explanatory approach to the role and perspective of the social worker in multidisciplinary child and adolescent mental health services. This perspective is grounded in an understanding of the pressures of practice, with realism and honesty that will enable practitioners to gain encouragement to achieve competent practice. The role of structural inequality, the psychological effects of social exclusion and inadequate resource allocation are addressed and linked to social work ethics and values to challenge oppressive practice in all its forms, including the rationing of scarce resources." Community Care.

    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.

    Social work and well-being
    By Bill Jordan

    "Provides some optimism for the future... the current emphasis, by traditionally unsentimental or hard-nosed economists, on the importance of people's well-being sits nicely with social work's "old" emphasis on relationships and feelings. Jordan rebuts the view that the latter are fuzzy concepts lacking in intellectual rigour, instead arguing that they are vital and necessary if social workers are to move themselves and their clients beyond concerns with material consumption and instrumental outcomes... many have never been happy with individualism, free market economics and the dog-eat-dog society... Jordan's work is a welcome antidote." Community Care.

    "Read this book... those of us involved in social work education should be recommending it widely... an intelligent and sensitive analysis of some vitally important issues. It also offers a degree of hope... This is an important book." Neil Thompson, writing in Wellbeing.

    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.

    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.

    Solution-focused approaches
    By Steve Myers

    "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 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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."

    Supervision skills
    A learning and development manual
    By Neil Thompson and Peter Gilbert

    This important manual in the Learning for Practice series shows that supervision is a complex matter, which is sadly often oversimplified, where managers are able to use their knowledge and skills to help get the best out of people on an individual basis. This clear and well-written set of resources provides:
  • background information about the role and significance of supervision
  • a set of learning exercises carefully designed to promote professional development
  • a sound foundation for helping supervisors develop the skills they need to do their job to the best of their ability.

  • Support care
    How family placement can keep children and families together
    Edited by Helen Cosis Brown, Ena Fry and Joy Howard

    Evidences how support care can be central to preventative work with children and families. Details schemes that are sometimes called Neighbourhood Care, Part-time Fostering, or Short Breaks rather than Support Care.

    "The coeditors and contributors describe in extensive and rich detail their 'stories' in developing, guiding and evaluating support care services in five local authorities. The book is aimed primarily at practitioners in agency settings that offer services to children and families... useful insights and practical suggestions that will enhance their work and/or reinforce their decisions and strategies in serving children and families." Adoption & Fostering.

    "This book is about declaring that 'innovation and creativity rules', take risks, and give people the space to think. I liked it." Community Care.

    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.

  • 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. That book is for children 11 and under, this is for young people 12 and above.

    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.

    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.

    TIPS: tried and tested ideas for parent education and support
    By Ginnie Herbert and Rosemary Napper

    "Offers practical help for facilitators in running and setting up parenting groups... not prescriptive about the debates that surround parent education... particularly useful... a valuable reference guide for people with a variety of experiences who can choose to read the sections relevant for them." Community Care.

    "A very accessible, clearly presented guide for people developing their own parenting programme." Adult Learning.

    Understanding and responding to homeless experiences, identities and cultures
    Edited by Mike Seal

    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'.

    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.

    Viewing child pornography on the Internet
    Understanding the offence, managing the offender, helping the victims
    Edited by Ethel Quayle and Max Taylor

    How can we understand offending and victimisation processes in relation to abuse images and the Internet? This book offers the reader unique and deep insights into innovative ways of thinking about this challenging problem. The chapter authors are amongst the foremost researchers and practitioners in this field.

    "The editors draw together wide-ranging issues pertinent to the ongoing debate on this modern phenomenon... the book deserves a wide multi-agency readership as a reference text... for those professionals who must bear in mind the possibility of internet abuse of the children we see. And as the book points out, that means us all." Child Abuse Review.

    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.

    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.

    Who am I? Who are you?
    Ideas and activities to explore both your and young people's assumptions, beliefs and prejudices
    By Jenny Nemko

    "With its equilibrium of philosophy and scope for creative ideas, offers necessary breadth to produce good youth work practice, enabling young people to make informed choices and explore their own values, attitudes and spirituality." Young People Now.

    "Could be used with a faith-based group to highlight particular points, or a secular group to prompt discussion... considers spirituality within personal awareness and development and how, by understanding what we believe as individuals, we can have a greater chance of developing an understanding of other people's beliefs... the author tackles this huge subject matter in a thought-provoking, concise manner, while not shying away from vital topics and questions." Youth and Policy.

    Working with adults: values into practice
    A learning and development manual
    By Jackie Martin and Sue Thompson

    'People work' with vulnerable, disempowered and marginalised adults requires sensitivity towards service users and an awareness of how they can be discriminated against.

    "The value of this manual lies in its accessibility, scope and adaptability. It could as easily be of use in a further education setting as it would in a team meeting environment to help aid staff development... All in all, it is a very good resource." Rostrum.

    Using it with practitioners can help them to critically evaluate their work and to explore the extent to which their own practice, and the practices of their organisations, reflect a commitment to working collaboratively with service users, challenging discrimination at all levels, valuing diversity, and promoting service users' rights, including the right to take risks.

    Using it with students can help them to prepare for practice by reflecting on why values are important and how they inform practice.

    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.

    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.

    Working with homeless people
    A training manual
    By Mike Seal

    "A practical and easily accessible approach to training... The exercises have been tried and tested over a number of years' training in a variety of homelessness agencies and colleges. Each subject area is made up of a variety of exercises, which in turn link into some useful resources, including what is probably the best part about it; a range of handouts... a really easy-to-follow guide to delivering learning on to frontline workers... Thoroughly well thought out and long overdue. Its flexibility lends itself to one-off training days or longer term schedules alike." Connect.

    "Excellent... clearly laid out with guidance as to the aims of the exercise, the style, resources needed, suggested time scales, related chapters in Resettling Homeless People." Rostrum.

    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 Degree 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.

    The write stuff
    A guide to effective writing in social care and related services
    By Graham Hopkins

    "All those who have to write at some stage in their working day would benefit from reading and applying some of the tips and techniques offered." Community Care.

    "It's fun, punchy, accurate, lively, entertaining, direct, personal, witty, effective, well-designed, readable, brilliantly illustrated... It considers letters, reports, memos, templates, emails and a range of other forms... A joy to read... What more can I say! It's so well written that I even found myself reading it in bed!"

    Deliberately informal and chatty, The Write Stuff shows you how to get your message across effectively and with a minimum of fuss; and, uniquely, it creates a social care case study report that develops along with the book's chapters, showing how it evolves from the planning stages to final publication.

    Young people in post-conflict Northern Ireland
    The past cannot be changed, but the future can be developed
    Edited by Dirk Schubotz and Paula Devine

    Covers not just what we expect to hear when NI is being discussed: violence, sectarianism, faithsegregated schooling, cross-community contact, politics, the peace process. But also: inward migration, mental health, suicide, bullying, pupil participation, sexual health, poverty, class, and how best to find out about these things in robust ways that involve young people in shaping the process.

    "The message of the book is that we have a lot to learn from our youth, if we take the trouble to listen to them."Therapy Today.

    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.

    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.

    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.