Complete list of RHP publications, A-Z by title
The adult is parent to the child
Transactional analysis with children and young people
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.
Policing after the Stephen Lawrence inquiry
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
"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
"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
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:
Assessing risk in adult males who sexually abuse children
A practitioner's guide
"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
"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:
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:
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
"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
"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.
A parallel, political journey with men who have abused
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
"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
"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
"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
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:
Child sexual abuse and the internet
Tackling the new frontier
"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
"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
"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
"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.
"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
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:
"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
"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
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
"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
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." nspcc.org.uk
Contemporary risk assessment in safeguarding children
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
"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.
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:
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
"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.
Delivering good youth work
A working guide to surviving and thriving
"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
"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.
A learning and development manual
The quality of leadership is often the key difference between:
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
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.
Addiction and treatment in perspective
"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