This book looks at the changing context of children and young people's services heralded by the structural, organisational and funding changes put forward in Eileen Munro's Review of Child Protection. It is strongly grounded in research and theory, and gives specific consideration to how systems theory can help practitioners in understanding families.
It highlights the need for every social work practitioner to develop the capacity to undertake unified assessments and interventions in a wide variety of settings with individuals, families, and groups where there are child protection and safeguarding concerns.
With case studies, interactive activities, summaries and guidance throughout, this book will be essential reading for all social work students and qualified social work practitioners, as well as all those involved in the field of child protection.
Steven Walker was a Principal Lecturer in social work in the Faculty of Health Social Care and Education, Anglia Ruskin University. He has published eight other text books and over 50 International scholarly papers based on research in the field of social work, child protection and child and adolescent mental health. He is a registered social worker, a qualified systemic psychotherapist and a member of the British Association of Social Workers and United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
PART ONE: THE PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS OF THEORETICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS Systems Theory A Changing Working Environment Contemporary Systems Methods and Models PART TWO: DILEMMAS AND CHALLENGES IN APPLYING SYSTEMS THEORY IN PRACTICE Prevention and Early Intervention Children and Young People at Risk Using Systems Theory in Assessment PART THREE: CREATING THE DIFFERENCE THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE Collaborative Systems or Combative Systems? Social Inclusion and Cultural Awareness Towards an Integrated Appraisal and Evaluation Conclusion