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Module Reading List

Social Work with Children and Families, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Iain Moody
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Online Course Readings

Barnes, V. 2018. Child-centred social work : theory and practice  London: Palgrave     

Broadhurst, K., Wastell, D., White, S., Hall, C., Peckover, S., Thompson, K., Pithouse, A. and Davey, D. 2009. Performing ‘initial assessment’: identifying the latent conditions for error at the front-door of local authority children's services. British journal of social work[Online]. [Accessed 23/06/2016]. Available from:    

 Carr, H. and Goosey, D. 2017. Law for Social Workers. 14th Edition Edition, Oxford. Oxford University Press*      

DfE. 2018. Working together to safeguard children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. London: HMSO. 

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

Dalzell, R. & Sawyer, E. 2016 Putting analysis into assessment : undertaking assessments of need - a toolkit for practitioners . London: National Childrens Bureau .    

 BROADHURST, K. & MASON, C. 2012. Social work beyond the VDU: Foregrounding co-presence in situated practice—Why face-to-face practice matters. British Journal of Social Work, 44, 578-595.

BROADHURST, K., WASTELL, D., WHITE, S., HALL, C., PECKOVER, S., THOMPSON, K., PITHOUSE, A. & DAVEY, D. 2009. Performing ‘initial assessment’: identifying the latent conditions for error at the front-door of local authority children's services. British Journal of Social Work, 40, 352-370.

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)    

Ferguson,  Harry. 2016. What social workers do in performing child protection work: evidence from research into face‐to‐face practice August 2016, Vol.21(3), pp.283-294    

Ferguson, Harry. 2010 Walks, Home Visits and Atmospheres: Risk and the Everyday Practices and Mobilities of Social Work and Child Protection The British Journal of Social Work, June 2010, Vol.40(4), pp.1100-1117    

Ferguson, Harry. 2016 Researching Social Work Practice Close Up: Using Ethnographic and Mobile Methods to Understand Encounters between Social Workers, Children and Families The British Journal of Social Work, 2016, Vol. 46(1), pp.153-168    

FERGUSON, H. 2017. How children become invisible in child protection work: Findings from research into day-to-day social work practice. The British Journal of Social Work, 47, 1007-1023.

Forrester, D., Kerhaw, S., Moss, H. and Hughes, L. (2008a) ‘Communication skills in child protection: How do social workers talk to parents?’, Child and Family Social Work, 13, pp. 41 – 51.

Forrester, D., McCambridge, J., Waissein, C. and Rollnick, S. (2008b) ‘How do child and family social workers talk to parents about child welfare concerns?’, Child Abuse Review, 17(1), pp. 23 – 35.

JEYASINGHAM, D. 2016. Open spaces, supple bodies? Considering the impact of agile working on social work office practices. Child & Family Social Work, 21, 209-217.

Hester, M. 2011. The Three Planet Model: Towards an understanding of contradictions in approaches to women and children’s safety in context of domestic violence British Journal of Social Work: 2011:41 833

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

Milner, J. Myers, S. and O'Byrne, P. (2015) Assessment in Social Work. Palgrave: London   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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

 Munro, E. 1996. Avoidable and unavoidable mistakes in child protection work. British Journal of Social Work[Online]. 26(6), pp.793-808. [Accessed 06/06/2016]. Available from:    

Oliver, C. and Grant, C. 2015. Enacting Firm, Fairand Friendly Practice: A Model for Strengths-Based Child Protection Relationships?The British Journal of Social Work, Volume 46, Issue 4, June 2016, Pages 1009–1026,

Parton, N. and Williams, S. (2017) ‘ The contemporary refocusing of children's services in England’  Journal of Children's Services , 12 (2/3)   Nigel Parton, Social Work, Child Protection and Politics: Some Critical and Constructive Reflections, The British Journal of Social Work, Volume 44, Issue 7, October 2014, Pages 2042–2056,      

Phillips, C.R. 2013. ‘Seeing the Child’beyond the Literal: Considering Dance Choreography and the Body in Child Welfare and Protection. British Journal of Social Work[Online]. [Accessed 20/6/16]. Available from:    

Rose, R. 2012. Life Story Therapy with Traumatozed Therapy: A model for Practice Jessica Kingsley: London  

 Saltiel, D. 2015. Observing front line decision making in child protection. British Journal of Social Work[Online]. [Accessed 14/07/16]. Available from:    

Direct Work with Vulnerable Children: Playful Activities and Strategies for Communication Tait, A. Wosu,H., and Brigid, D. (2013). Jessica Kingsley   

Warner, J. 2015. The emotional politics of social work and child protection. Bristol: Policy Press.    

 White, S. and Featherstone, B. 2005. Communicating misunderstandings: multi‐agency work as social practice. Child & Family Social Work[Online]. 10(3), pp.207-216. [Accessed 16/06/16]. Available from: 2206.2005.00372.x/abstract    

Wilkins, D. Shemmings, D. and Pascoe Claire. 2019. Child Abuse: An Evidence Base for Confident Practice Open University: Maidenhead    

This list was last updated on 19/04/2021