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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Working with Children and Families

Knowledge and Contexts for Practice

ISBN 9780230553071
Publication Date December 2011
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Whatever your area of study or work an understanding of childhood is essential for effective practice and integrative working. This book introduces the child's world, from policy that affects them to influences on their development. It alsointroduces key areas of practice, considering ethics, safeguarding and also diversity and difference.

ROBERT ADAMS is a highly successful author who has published numerous titles across many disciplines. He is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of Teesside, UK. His vast experience includes directing a community-based centre working with children and families for Barnardo's.

PART I: INTRODUCING WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Working together with children and families; Robert Adams
History and traditions in education and care; Robert Adams
PART II: SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON CHILDHOOD AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
The social construction of childhood; Michael Wyness
Social & emotional development; Jim McKechnie and Sandy Hobbs
Understanding right and wrong; Jim McKechnie and Sandy Hobbs
Developing through play; Robert Adams and Lesley Jessiman
Perspectives on how children develop and learn; Elizabeth A. Boyle
PART III: THE CHILD AND FAMILY LIFE
The family in social context; Neil Thompson
The influence of parents, siblings and friends; Lesley Jessiman and Robert Adams
Parenting & family relationships in context; Terence O'Sullivan
Working with young carers & their families; Robert Adams
Working with children through family break-up & reconstitution; Robert Adams
Working with children through adoption & fostering; Robert Adams
Working with children through residential care; Robert Adams
Children, grieving and loss; Maggie Jackson
PART IV: ETHICS, VALUES AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Working ethically with children; Alison Cocks and Robert Adams
Participation by children, parents and carers; Pat Watson and Wade Tovey
Inequality, exclusion and equality-based practice; Robert Adams
Working with challenging and difficult children; Robert Adams, Terry Thomas and David Thompson
PART V: CHILD WELFARE
Promoting health, safety & well-being of children; Robert Adams
Child mental wellbeing; Terence O'Sullivan
Parental mental health and child wellbeing; Jennifer Newton
Safeguarding children; Liz Davies
Assessment and intervention in work with children in need; Robert Adams
PART VI: DIVERSITY and DIFFERENCE
Inclusive practice and diversity in religious family life; Jan Horwath and Janet Lees
Working with Challenges to Children's Identities; Robert Adams
Young children with physical impairments; Pat Higham
Working with children with learning disabilities; Alison Cocks
Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Travellers; Robert Adams
Concluding Comment; Robert Adams



Reviews

A very helpful, comprehensive and up to date text' - Michael Marriott, Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, University of Greenwich, UK
'A useful text that provides both breadth and depth in relation to work with children, young people and families. Each chapter provides up-to-date materials and the further reading and other pedagogical features are well presented. It's also good to see the UK being represented in a text rather than just England & Wales.' Steve Hothersall, 2ndYear Social Work coordinator, School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, UK
'This book offers a very clear and comprehensive overview of the theoretical context to working with children and young people.' - Billie Oliver, Senior Lecturer, School of Health, Community & Policy Studies, University of the West of England, UK
'The text provides a broad perspective of key issues for students studying the Every Child Matters module, as well as those embarking on practice placements. It is well written with excellent links and references to other key texts. The use of learning outcomes in each chapter is extremely helpful.' - Dave Mason, Lecturer - Children Young People and their Carers, Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University, UK
'For Childhood Studies students who are still exploring different career options, this a great and comprehensive text - it works well alongside a course that is so multidisciplinary, and helps students see the breadth of perspectives, and opportunities.' - Anne-Marie Smith, Lecturer (Childhood Studies), School of Education, Bangor University, UK
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