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Developing Skills for Social Work Practice

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Are your students struggling to get to grips with what social work actually looks like in real-life practice? Are they wanting to know more about how they can develop the right skills and implement the right theory in many different practice situations?

Then you have come to the right place! This book will provide your students with everything they need to know and more, helping them develop and hone their skills and make the best start in their practice placements.

To get the most out of this book and access more materials to support them through their social work degree, visit the companion website at to read journal articles, access `how to..' guides and helpful links, as well as hear first-hand from frontline social workers, services users, carers and more.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial welfare & social servicesSocial work Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd Publication Date: 08/11/2016 ISBN-13: 9781473913769  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Michaela has been a Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Salford since 2013. In addition, Michaela is a registered social worker and has a professional and academic background in social work, social care and supported housing. Her previous work in the statutory and voluntary sectors has involved working with different groups of vulnerable people (including children and families involved in social work services, homeless young people, women and children escaping domestic abuse). Michaela's research has centred on the needs of vulnerable and marginalised communities (including trans people and people with mental health difficulties) in relation to social care and social work, and in her PhD research Michaela explored trans people's experiences of domestic abuse and the service response in terms of social care and housing-related support. Michaela is a member of the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit and the Children & Young People Research Group at the University of Salford. Dawn Whitaker is a lecturer at Lancaster University and registered independent social work consultant and trainer. Dawn worked as a mental health social worker in the North West of England for many years, before joining a Local Authority training department to deliver teaching on the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Dawn subsequently joined the NHS as a locality Mental Capacity Act implementation lead, with particular responsibility for implementing the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). As an Independent Social Worker, Dawn is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor for the Court of Protection, specifically in cases where there is a health and social care dispute, or an adult is deemed to be 'at risk' requiring 'safeguarding'. Dawn continues to undertake ISW work, and has been involved in a number of high-profile, landmark cases such as Cheshire West [Cheshire West and Chester Council v P (2011) EWHC 1330 (COP)] and LBX v K & Ors [2013] EWHC 3230 (Fam). David was until recently a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has research interests in social work and film, mental health, mental health and policing, social work history and practice. He worked for many years as a qualified mental health social worker and service manager in central Manchester. His previous book, Social Work Practice Learning was published by SAGE in 2014. Donna is a registered social worker whose 30 year career includes a range of positions in therapeutic residential childcare, child protection teams, and CAFCASS. During the last eight years of her career, Donna worked as an expert witness for the family courts. Her academic and research interests are complemented by her role as a critical social psychologist, her PhD is a phenomenological analysis of prospective adoptive parents' experiences. In addition, Donna has lead roles in several child sexual abuse and exploitation research studies including Rotherham MBC's, CSE Needs Analysis; Voluntary Action Rotherham's Base project; Barnardo's real love rocks CSE practitioner training resource; Greater Manchester Police CTZN project and evaluation of MOSAIC II, a charity providing therapeutic support to victims, families and survivors of child sexual abuse. Finally, Donna is commissioned by NHS England to manage the development of a psychosocial assessment model, designed to enhance disclosures of sexual abuse between children, young people and professionals.

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