Life story work with children and young people

Jacqueline Hughes, Nicky Ryden

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Working with children and families is one of the most challenging, skilled, but ultimately rewarding, areas of social work practice. Social workers need to be able to work with a diverse group of children and their families: from babies to teenagers, single parents to two-parent families and multi-carer families, as well as with a diverse group of professionals, such as the police, schools, hospitals, health centres and various community organisations. They need to be able to understand the law, policy and legislation that surrounds social work with children and families, while continually developing their own skills. Such skills include communication, preparation and planning, intervention, recognition, identification and assessment of significant harm, recording and report writing, managing oneself and the work, problem solving, research and analysis and decision making. This fully revised new edition aims to guide you through all of these areas and more. There are chapters on safeguarding, substitute care for children, family support for children and families, life story work and direct work with children.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Work with Children and Families
EditorsMaureen O'Loughlin, Steve O'Loughlin
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781473942943, 9781473942936
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

Publication series

NameTransforming Social Work Practice
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.


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