The carrot or the stick? - Toward effective practice with involuntary clients in safeguarding children work

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Edited by Martin C Calder

Large format paperback. 320 pages

Published 2008

The carefully selected chapters in this book offer systematic and evidence-based approaches with all such clients in all relevant circumstances. They are 'no-nonsense' approaches that will fit with practice wisdom and practice realities. They consider work with clients who :

  • actively seek help in solving problems and in achieving personal goals
  • only accept services when legally mandated or institutionalized
  • show varying degrees of motivation at different times, toward different services or within their family or group

Reflecting the importance of inter-agency approaches in policy, practice and training, the book draws from several different professional groups and disciplines, and will be of value to each of them. For staff in the social and criminal fields, psychologists, counsellors, as well as managers, trainers, researchers, policy-makers an students, it devotes special attention to:

  • strategies for making and maintaining working relationships to achieve practice objectives with clients in the new, broad and developing contexts of safeguarding children
  • the theoretical evidence-base, emerging research and developing practice wisdom
  • concepts of consent and coercion, and framework for understanding and working motivation, resistance and change
  • engagement of children, young people, men/fathers as well as women/mothers in the intervention process
  • links between risk assessment - including risks to staff - and work with involuntary clients
  • innovative ways of enhancing their clients motivation and helping them to change, not only in how they respond to services, but also in what they had been doing that caused services to need to be delivered or offered

This book can:

  • help anyone in training to enter the workplace with a sense that they can succeed, no only when assistance is sought, but also when others choose not to engage
  • rekindle confidence and enthusiasm amongst those who have already experienced trying to address entrenched resistance without adequate help or guidance

For all practitioners, managers, trainers, researchers and policy-makers in social care, welfare, education, justice, health and mental health who are involved in wide spectrum of safeguarding children's work, which includes child protection, family support, domestic abuse and youth offending/justice. Also an essential reference text for students on many courses, especially in social work at degree and PQ levels.

Martin C Calder established Calder training and Consultancy in 2005 after 20 years in frontline child protection practice. His aim has been to generate and collate the available and necessary assessment tools for frontline staff, especially in times of massive change. He also critiques central government guidance and attempts to provide remedial materials to help fill the gap left between aspiration and reality. He is contactable through this website at:


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