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Positive Social Work

The Essential Toolkit for NQSWs

AUTHOR : By Julie Adams and Angie Sheard

ISBN : 9781911106760

Edition No : 2

Publication : Mar 6, 2017

Extent : 176 pgs

ISBN : 9781911106791

Edition No : 2

Publication : Mar 6, 2017

Extent : 176 pgs

ISBN : 9781911106784

Edition No : 2

Publication : Mar 6, 2017

Extent : 176 pgs

ISBN : 9781911106777

Edition No : 2

Publication : Mar 6, 2017

Extent : 176 pgs


Positive Social Work will support and help you as a NQSW to understand your role within the context of a developing Social Work service. It will ensure that you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to do the job as best you can.

Leaving university and entering the world of social work can be quite a daunting experience, though also exciting and challenging. Positive Social Work helps you as a NQSW to understand your role within the context of a constantly developing social work service. Now updated with the Knowledge and Skills statements, it ensures that you are equipped with everything you need to do the job as best you can.

Positive Social Work is packed with information and resources to enable you as an NQSW to work in a professional manner, to protect yourself from the pressures of the role and to ensure you know where to look for support. This book also assists you with ongoing professional development by giving you tools you can adapt for your own area of Social Work.

This book provides a unique tool designed to support your journey through the Assessed & Supported Year in Employment and is full of case studies and exercises designed to help your understanding and develop positive habits which will enhance your career.



 1- Introduction to your Survival Toolkit

 2- What to expect as you enter practice

 3- Maximising your Professional Capabilities

 4- Working out where you are at

5 –Developing Emotional Intelligence 

 6 - Practicalities of managing your workload

 7 - Managing your stress and avoid burnout

 8 - Balancing  Your work and home life 

 9 - Your sources of support

10 - Where will you go next?

11 - Supporting your NQSW through the ASYE




Julie Adams began working in residential care in 1992, working within children’s disability before moving to mainstream settings. Having qualified in 1999 she then moved to field Social Work and has worked in a variety of settings including child protection, adoption, looked after children and also had a brief spell working overseas. Julie worked her way through the ranks from Social Worker to Team Manager and has also spent some time working in a hospital setting with adults with complex health and permanent conditions. Julie has mentored Social Workers and delivers training with Angie and is always looking for new learning experiences.

Angie Sheard began working in residential care with children in 1982 and qualified as a SW in 1987. Having moved to work in the voluntary sector, she returned to statutory social work in 2002, where she worked predominantly with children, young people and families. Following five years as an agency SW, she left full time practice in 2010 to work on other projects and now combines part time work as a Volunteer Coordinator with Practice Educating, coaching and training and is always on the lookout for interesting ventures to become involved in. 

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Your Reviews on this book

The book is brilliant.  I love the way it talks to you, I felt I could imagine if I was setting out it would be a fantastic guide.  It makes me feel like filling in the exercises and making a port folio of my own journey.  Wow well done its genius.  Its not the kind of book you would want to lend out you would want to keep it to hand so everyone needs to buy their own copy. Genius

Jayne Lewis, University of Gloucestershire

Thank you very much for the text Positive Social Work Practice. I teach on a range of modules in health and social care courses at Foundation and Degree Level. I am a registered social worker and have been qualified for 30 years. I left the social work teaching team here after 8 years, but have found that I have been able to use my social work knowledge to very good purpose in a course that teaches people who are undertaking degrees and may chose to go into social care management, social work, teaching or nursing. This 'ramble' I share with you as I feel this text will be very helpful to the students on the course I teach. It has a large cohort each year. Students undertake placements and are prepared for them through teaching. I am very pleased to tell you that your text will be one recommended as critical reading . The book is very accessible, it does not shirk difficult discussions or case examples, such as agile working or home working. There is a clear, positive and hopeful voice. I am studying for a DBA( a Doctorate by taught and research route for business and care professionals) with the theme of Empathy and Social Work and your text is an interesting reflection of changing times upon which I can draw.

Gavin Millar, Anglia Ruskin University
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