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How do you become an outstanding social worker?

Becoming an effective social worker involves developing an identity and an excellent understanding of both theory and practice. Our books discuss theory in context, include case studies and encourage discussion to help you achieve.

In this section, we have the books to make you an outstanding social work practitioner.

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The Social Worker's Guide to the Care Act 2014

This book will help social workers gain a comprehensive understanding of how to achieve best practice in applying the Care Act 2014.

Safeguarding Adults Together under the Care Act 2014

A multi-agency practice guide

An essential adult safeguarding practice multi-agency framework under the Care Act 2014.

Practice Education in Social Work

Achieving Professional Standards

An invaluable guide for Practice Educators and Practice Supervisors undertaking learning and assessment to gain and maintain Stage 1 or 2 status under the Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work (2013) and for those involved in facilitating the learning, support, assessment and CPD of Practice Educators. 

Writing Analytical Assessments in Social Work

You write something in order that it can be read, not in order that it can be written – write reports that achieve and illuminate.

Fostering for Adoption

Our story and stories of others

A personal account of Foster to Adopt drawing on a range of experiences of the highs and lows of adopting babies and small children.    

Social Work Law

Applying the Law in Practice

An easy to navigate introduction to the law relevant to social work and how it can be applied in practice. Contemporary, creative and student-focused, this is a must-have textbook for qualifying undergraduates, Social Work degree apprentices, and newly qualified social workers.

The Social Work Degree Apprenticeship

Developed specifically for the social work degree apprenticeship to guide apprentices through the unique requirements of this new qualifying route.

Living a good life with Dementia

A practitioner's guide

A practical exploration of what’s possible when caring for someone living with dementia, to help them live their best life in a way that makes sense to them.

Psychopharmacology

A mental health professional’s guide to commonly used medications

An updated and revised edition of this accessible best-selling text suitable for all trainee and registered health professionals who require knowledge and understanding of drugs used in the treatment of mental health conditions for prescribing or administering purposes.

Love in the Present Tense

A Bereaved Mum's Story

A mother shares insight on the positives and negatives of her young adult son’s unsuccessful cancer treatment with a view to contributing to improving services for the patient and the family. 

Self-Neglect: Learning from Life

A practice-based perspective on working with people who self-neglect.

Social Work and Covid-19

Lessons for Education and Practice

Edited by Denise Turner

This book captures the unique moment in time created by the Covid 19 pandemic and uses this as a lens to explore contemporary issues for social work education and practice.  

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Self-worth in children and young people

Critical and practical considerations

This exciting book challenges the dominant approaches to children and young people’s mental health, and provides straightforward practical strategies that can be used to address emotional upset, loss, and aid recovery.

Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

A Contemporary Analysis

Essential reading for those who want to develop greater knowledge and awareness of the history, culture and lifestyles of GRT people.

The Mindful Social Worker

Living your best social work life

This book enables the reader to adopt a mindful social work approach for care of self and the effective support of others within a social work professional framework. 

Social Exclusion in the UK

The lived experience

Edited by Mel Hughes

This book places the expertise of people with lived experiences front and centre of the narrative on social exclusion, marginalisation and social stigma in the UK.

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Communication Skills for Social Work Practice

From Fundamentals to Specialist Skills

This new edition of a successful and well-established textbook has been reworked and updated to meet the needs of today’s student and practitioner, ensuring that they are fully prepared to meet the needs of diverse service user groups and demonstrate how they are meeting professional standards.

Dilemmas and Decision Making in Residential Childcare

A collection of (fictitious) stories told from the residential child care worker role to help demonstrate how they work with dilemmas, weigh up options and make decisions in the moment.  

Dilemmas and Decision Making in Dementia Care

A series of case studies, inspired by the author’s real-life experience, exploring ethical and practical dilemmas occurring in health and social care practice with people living with dementia in a variety of settings from care homes to intermediate healthcare settings.

Principles of Practice by Principal Social Workers

Edited by Tanya Moore

Principal Social Workers, from both adults' and children's services, talk about key areas of their practice.