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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 Macmillan

Across 30 chapters, a team of experienced teachers and practitioners introduce the fundamental professional issues concerning children, young people and their families in the 21st century. 'Working with Children and Families' explores the diverse contexts in which children develop, and the policies and practices that directly affect them – essential knowledge for effective practice.

Offering a multidisciplinary approach, this inclusive text gives a broad range of perspectives to support the study of children and childhood. Take a look inside to discover more about:

■ Key policies and agendas: introduces the policies, agendas and government guidance that serve as the foundation of children's services

■ Contemporary issues: tackles complex topics such as antidiscriminatory and ethical practice, child protection and safeguarding

Reflective practice: offers reflective activities throughout to help you engage, understand and apply knowledge in practice

■ Diversity: helps you understand the variety of backgrounds and experiences children may have – from sociological, psychological, educational and cultural perspectives

■ Integrative working: focuses holistically on the child, rather than on specific professional approaches, offering insight into important themes in all areas of work with children.

This text offers a broad basis from which to launch into any area of work or study involving children, including early years, social work, education, social policy, nursing, sociology and childhood studies. It is great introductory reading for foundation and undergraduate degree level students.

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.

Working together with children and families; Robert Adams
History and traditions in education and care; Robert Adams
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
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
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
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
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

LIZ BOYLE, Lecturer in psychology, University of the West of Scotland, UK
ALISON COCKS, independent consultant and researcher and former social work lecturer
LIZ DAVIES, Senior Lecturer in Children and Families Social Work, London Metropolitan University, UK
PATRICIA HIGHAM, independent consultant for social work and social care education and training; Professor of Social Work and Social Care Emeritus at Nottingham Trent University, Visiting Professor at the University of Northampton, and a Non-Executive Director of NHS Nottinghamshire
SANDY HOBBS, Senior Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, University of the West of Scotland, UK
JAN HORWATH, Professor of child welfare, University of Sheffield, UK
MAGGIE JACKSON, Senior Lecturer, Teesside University, UK
LESLEY JESSIMAN, Lecturer in developmental psychology, University of West of Scotland, UK
JANET LEES, Speech and language therapist and an ordained minister of the United Reformed Church and Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Human Communication Sciences , University of Sheffield, UK
JIM McKECHNIE, Professor of Psychology, University of the West of Scotland, UK
JENNIFER NEWTON, Director of Post-graduate Programmes, Department of Applied Social Sciences, London Metropolitan
University, UK
TERENCE O'SULLIVAN, Principal Lecturer in social work, University of Lincoln, UK
TERRY THOMAS, Professor of Criminal Justice Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
DAVE THOMPSON, Lecturer, Leeds Metropolitan University and Teesside University, UK
NEIL THOMPSON, Writer, Teacher, Adviser and Director of Avenue Consulting Ltd
WADE TOVEY, Director of Enhancing Practice and Innovation Centre for Care and Assistant Dean, School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, UK
PAT WATSON, Research Fellow, Health and Social Care Institute, Teesside University, UK
MICHAEL WYNESS, Associate Professor in Childhood Studies, Institute of Education, University of Warwick, UK



'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, 2nd Year 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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