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Module Reading List

Social Work with Children & Families, 2019/20, Semester 2
David Saltiel
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Adams R, Dominelli L & Payne M. 2009. Social Work: Themes, Issues and Critical Debates (3rd ed) . Basingstoke: Palgrave

Adams R, Dominelli L & Payne M. 2009. Critical Practice in Social Work (2nd ed) . Basingstoke: Palgrave

Adams, R, Dominelli, L & Payne, M. 2009. Practising social work in a complex world . Basingstoke: Palgrave

Cree V. 2010.   Sociology for Social Workers and probation Officers (2nd ed) . Abingdon: Routledge

Horner N. 2009. What Is Social Work? Context and Perspectives (3rd ed) . Exeter;LearningMatters

As well as the Cree book listed above, other introductory sociology texts with sections on children and families include:

Bilton, T. et al. 2002. Introductory Sociology (4th ed). Basingstoke: Palgrave

Haralambos, M. & Holborn, M. 2008. Sociology : themes and perspectives. (7th ed). London: Collins – the most recent edition has a chapter on Age and The Life Course

Fulcher, J. & Scott, J. 2011. Sociology (4th ed) . Oxford: Oxford University Press

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Corby, B. 2006. Child abuse : towards a knowledge base . (3rd ed) . Open University Press: Buckingham

Corby, B., Shemmings, D. & Wilkins, D. 2012. Child abuse : an evidence base for confident practice.. Maidenhead: Open University Press

Crawford, K. and J. Walker. 2010. Social Work and Human Development (3rd ed) . Exeter: Learning Matters  

Dalzell, R. & Sawyer, E. 2007. Putting analysis into assessment : undertaking assessments of need - a toolkit for practitioners . London: National Childrens Bureau

most recent 2016 edition available as an e-book

Daniel, B., Wassell, S. and Gilligan, R. 2010. Child Development for Child Care and Protection Workers (2nd ed)   . London: Jessica Kingsley.

Davies, C. & Ward, H. Safeguarding Children Across Services: Messages From Research. London: Jessica Kingsley (This is an invaluable summary of recent research. It can be downloaded for free from )

Davies, M. (ed). 2012. Social work with children & families. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (an excellent introductory book with some very good chapters by a range of authors)

Hood, R. 2018. Complexity in social work ISBN: 1473993814 paperback; 9781473993815 paperback; 9781526418838 electronic publication. London: Sage

Horwath, J. 2009. The child's world (2nd ed). London: Jessica Kingsley: invaluable collection of chapters on assessment

Kohli, R. 2007. Social work with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children . Basingstoke: Palgrave

Koprowska, J. 2014. Communication & Interpersonal Skills in Social Work. London: Sage

Lefevre, M. 2018. Communicating and engaging with children and young people : making a difference. Bristol. Policy Press

Milner, J. & O’Byrne, P. 2009. Assessment in Social Work (3rd ed) . Basingstoke: Palgrave

Munro, E. 2008. Effective Child Protection . London: Sage

Reder, P et al. 2001. Beyond Blame: Child Abuse Tragedies Revisited . Hove: Routledge

Reder, P & Duncan S. 1999. Lost innocents : a follow-up study of fatal child abuse. Hove: Routledge

Sayer, T. 2008. Critical practice in working with children . Basingstoke: Palgrave

Stevenson, O. 2007. Neglected children and their families (2nd ed) . Oxford: Blackwell

Wilson, K. et al. 2011. Social Work: an introduction to contemporary practice (2nd ed). Harlow: Pearson Longman. This is an excellent text that covers a wide range of social work issues and is particularly highly recommended by previous MA students too!

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Aldgate, J., Jones, D., Rose, W. and Jeffrey, C. 2005. (Eds) The developing world of the child . London: Jessica Kingsley

Bee, H. and D. Boyd 2009. Lifespan Development . London:Pearson/ Allyn & Bacon

Bee, H. and D. Boyd 2012. The Developing Child . (13th ed) London: Pearson/ Allyn & Bacon

Burman, E. 2007. Deconstructing Developmental Psychology . London: Routledge

Butler, G. 2015. Observing Children and Families ISBN: 191039162X; 9781910391624; 9781910391631 (MOBI); 9781910391648 (EPUB); 9781910391655 (Adobe e-book). Northwich: Critical Publishing

Butler, I. & Hickman, C. 2011. Social Work With Children and Families: getting into practice (3rd ed) London: Jessica Kingsley  

Calder, M. (ed). 2008. Contemporary risk assessment in safeguarding children. Lyme Regis: Russell House

Calder, M.C. and Hackett, S. 2003. Assessment in child care : using and developing frameworks for practice . Dorset: Russell House Publishin

Crawford, K. 2010. Social Work and Human Development. (3rd ed) Exeter: Learning Matters

Crawford, K. 2012. Interprofessional collaboration in social work practice. London: Sage

Daniel, B. & Wassell, S. 2002. Assessing and promoting resilience in vulnerable children . London: Jessica Kingsley

Doyle, C. 2006. Working with abused children : from theory to practice . (3rd ed). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Dugmore, P., Pickford, J. and Angus, S. 2006 . Youth justice and social work . Exeter: Learning Matters

Erikson, E. 1978. Childhood and Society . London, Paladin

Fahlberg, V.I. 2012. A child's journey through placement (UK Edition) London: British Association for Adoption and Fostering

Fawcett, B., Featherstone, B. and Goddard, J. 2004. Contemporary child care policy and practice . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Featherstone, B. 2004. Family life and family support : a feminist analysis . Basingstoke, Palgrave

Featherstone, B., White, S. & Morris, K. 2014. Re-imagining child protection : towards humane social work with families. Bristol: Policy Press

Ferguson, H. 2004. Protecting children in time : child abuse, child protection, and the consequences of modernity . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Ferguson, H. 2011. Child protection practice ISBN: 9780230242838 (pbk.). Basingstoke: Palgrave

Frost, N. 2005. Professionalism, partnership and joined-up thinking : a research review of front-line working with children and families . Totnes. Research in Practice. Also available on the Research in Practice website

Frost, N & Parton, N. 2009. Understanding children's social care : politics, policy and practice . London, Sage.

Ghate, D. & Hazel, N. 2002. Parenting in poor environments : stress, support and coping. London: Jessica Kingsley

Green, L. 2010. Understanding the life course : sociological and psychological perspectives. Cambridge: Polity

Harbin, F. and Murphy, M. 2000. Substance misuse and child care : how to understand, assist and intervene when drugs affect parenting . Dorset: Russell House Publishing

Harms, L. 2015. Understanding trauma and resilience . Basingstoke: Palgrabe

Hockey, J. and A. James. 2003. Social identities across the life course . Basingstoke: Palgrave

Holland, S. .2004. Child and family assessment in social work practice . London: Sage..

Howe, D. 2005. Child abuse and neglect : attachment, development, and intervention . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Howe, D. 2011. Attachment across the lifecourse : a brief introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave

Howe, D., Brandon, M., Hinings, D. & Schofield, G. 1999. Attachment theory, child maltreatment and family support : a practice and assessment model . Basingstoke: Macmillan

Hughes & Owen.2009. Good practice in safeguarding children : working effectively in child protection . London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Humphreys, C. and Stanley, N. 2006. Domestic violence and child protection : directions for good practice . London: Jessica Kingsley

Hunt, S. 2005. The life course : a sociological introduction . Basingstoke, Palgrave

James, A. & James, A. 2004. Constructing childhood : theory, policy and social practice . Basingstoke: Palgrave

James, A & Prout. 1997. Constructing And Reconstructing Childhood . (2nd ed) . London, The Falmer Press.

Joslyn, E. 2016. Resilience in childhood : perspectives, promise & practice . Basingstoke: Palgrave

Kehily, M. (ed). 2009. An Introduction to Childhood Studies. (2nd ed). Maidenhead: Open University Press

Kehily, M. (ed). 2013. Understanding childhood : a cross disciplinary approach. Bristol: Policy Press

Muncie, J. 2009. Youth and crime (3rd ed) . London: Sage.

Nicholson, P. 2014. A critical approach to human growth and development. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

O'Dell, L. & Lverett, S. 2011. Working with children and young people : co-constructing practice. Maidenhead: Open University Press

Parton, N. 2006. Safeguarding childhood : early intervention and surveillance in a late modern society . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Parton, N. 2014. The politics of child protection : contemporary developments and future directions. Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan

Pierson, J. 2010.  Tackling Social Exclusion (2nd ed). Abingdon: Routledge

Priestley, M. 2003 . Disability : a life course approach . Cambridge: Polity

Prior, V. and D. Glaser. 2006 . Understanding attachment and attachment disorders : theory, evidence, and practice . London: Jessica Kingsley

Robb, M. & Thomson, R. 2010. (eds). Critical practice with children and young people. Bristol: Policy Press 

Robinson, L. 2007. Cross-cultural child development for social workers : an introduction . Basingstoke:Palgrave

Salkind, N. 2004. An introduction to theories of human development . London: Sage

Scourfield, J. 2003. Gender and child protection. Basingstoke: Palgrave

Stanley, N & Manthorpe, J. 2004. The age of the inquiry : learning and blaming in health and social care . London: Routledge

Sugarman, L. 2001. Life Span Development . Hove: Psychology Press

Turnell, A & Edwards, S. 1999. Signs of safety : a solution and safety oriented approach to child protection . New York: Norton 

Turney, D., Platt, D., Selwyn, J. & Farmer E. 2012. Improving child and family assessments : turning research into practice. London: Jessica Kingsley (an excellent research-based guide to good assessment practice)

Webb, S. 2006. Social work in a risk society : social and political perspectives . Basingstoke: Palgrave

Wilkins, D, Shemmings, D & Shemmings Y. 2015. A-Z of attachment . Basingstoke: Palgrave

Wyness, M. (2006) Childhood and society : an introduction to the sociology of childhood . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

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Journals and electronic resources

Below are a selection of useful journal papers:

Cooper, A. 2005. Surface and Depth in the Victoria Climbie Inquiry Report. Child & family social work. 10 (1) 1-9

Driscoll, J. 2009. Prevalence, People and Processes: A Consideration of Lord Laming’s Progress Report on the Protection of Children in England. Child abuse review. 18 (5). 333-345

Featherstone, B. 1999. Taking Mothering Seriously: the implications for child protection. Child & family social work. 4 (1) 43-53

Featherstone, B. 2003. Taking Fathers Seriously. British Journal of Social Work. 33 (2) 239-254

Ferguson, H. 2014. What social workers do in performing child protection work: evidence from research into face-to-face practice. Child & family social work.  21(3) 283-294

Frost N & Robinson M. 2007. Joining up childrens services: Safeguarding children in multi disciplinary teams. Child abuse review. 16 (3) 184-199

Graham, M. 2011. Changing Paradigms and conditions of childhood. British Journal of Social Work. . 41 (8) 1532-47

Helm D. 2011. Judgement or Assumptions? The role of analysis in assessing children & young people's needs. British Journal of Social Work.. 41(5) 894-911

Horwath, J & Morrison, T. 2007. Collaboration, integration and change in childrens services. Child abuse and neglect. 31 55-69

Parton, N. 2004. From Maria Colwell to Victoria Climbie: reflections on public inquiries into child abuse a generation apart. Child abuse review. 13 (2) 80-94

Reder, P. & Duncan, S. 2003. Understanding Communication in Child Protection Networks. Child abuse review. 12 (2) 82-100

Reder, P & Duncan, S. 2004. Making the most of the Victoria Climbie Inquiry Report Child abuse review. 13 (2) 95-114

Taylor, C. 2004. Underpinning knowledge for child care practice: reconsidering child development theory. Child & family social work. 9 (3) 225-235

Woodhead, M. 1999. Reconstructing Developmental Psychology-Some First Steps. Children & society. 13 (1) 3-19

A recent edition of the British Journal of Social Work. - 40(4) - is well worth looking at as it contains a series of articles on child protection and risk

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Social Work Journals

These include:

British Journal of Social Work.

Journal of Social Work

Child abuse review.

Child abuse and neglect.

Child & family social work.

Research on Social Work Practice

Practice : social work in action.

Qualitative Social Work

Children and youth services review.

You will find it useful to access journals electronically through the library website.

You will also be able to access relevant electronic databases such as:
Social work abstracts [electronic resource]

ASSIA. (Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstract) - Available online:

Social services abstracts [electronic resource].

Social Sciences Citation Index.

Healthcare training pages:

There are also some free databases you can use:

Google Scholar

Social Care Online

Social Care Online is part of SCIE (Social Care Institute of Excellence) and can be found on their website. It is a very useful resource.

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The abovementioned SCIE website is an invaluable source of resources including research briefings and other publications many free to download.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation at  has a wealth of high quality research studies on families and poverty (and many other topics related to poverty and disadvantage) available for free. Another invaluable resource The NSPCC's Inform website has a great deal of extremely useful material.

The NSPCC Inform website at is also worth looking at for up-to-date research briefings and other resources. You can sign up for regular emails from them to keep abreast of new developments, publications, conferences etc.

This list was last updated on 26/01/2019