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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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Anti-racism in Social Work practice

This book re-visits anti-racism within social work practice and education from a student focused and informed perspective based on lived experience and conversations, offering practical model and tools for students and lecturers that are tried and tested.

Modern Mental Health

Critical Perspectives on Psychiatric Practice

This book offers an alternative and thought-provoking perspective to the conventional and orthodox understanding of mental health and how to help those suffering with mental illness. It will appeal to social workers in mental health contexts as well as students on post qualifying courses and the Masters Degree in Social Work. 

Personal Safety for Social Workers and Health Professionals

Social workers and health professionals are often placed in situations where they are verbally or physically threatened by service users and others. This book will help them recognise potential risk in situations, when to avoid involvement, and how best to manage the risks. 

What's Your Problem?

Making Sense of Social Problems and the Policy Process

This book is an essential introduction and guide for a critical engagement with social problems. In short, What's your (social) problem and what are you going to do about it?

Starting Social Work

Reflections of a Newly Qualified Social Worker

A Newly Qualified Social Worker’s experience, reflections and gentle advice on the training process and early years of a Social Work career.

Understanding Substance Use

Policy and Practice

The book will enable social work professionals to develop a critical understanding of substance use policy, theory and practice which they can use in practice.

The Critical Years

Early Years Development from Conception to 5

A book that brings up to date theory and understanding of child development in the early years into the workplace.

 

Social Media in Social Work Education

Edited by Joanne Westwood

An up-to-date guide to the effective use of social media in social work education

Psychosocial and Relationship-based Practice

This book offers a critical multidisciplinary analysis of case studies of social work interventions from a psychosocial and relationship-based perspective.

Voices within Modern Mental Health

Key Extracts from Modern Mental Health: Critical P

Edited by Steven Walker

Key extracts from Modern Mental Health: : Critical Perspectives on Psychiatric Practice which present a range of ersonal experiences.

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Observing Children and Families

Beyond the Surface

This book explains the unique insights that child observation can bring to practice with children and families and helps the reader develop their own skills in this approach.

 

Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

A Social Work Perspective

The book examines the experiences of people with mental health problems across all stages of the Criminal Justice System. 

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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.

Don't Put Us Away

Memories of a Man with Learning Disabilities

Richard Keegan-Bull, through his own words, provides a unique opportunity for us to understand better what it is like to live as a man with a learning disability.

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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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.  

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.

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 (2019) and for those involved in facilitating the learning, support, assessment and CPD of Practice Educators. 

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.