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Module Reading List

Working with Adults, Children & Families in Practice, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Kirsteen Laidlaw
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Core reading

Hood, R. (2019). Complexity in social work . SAGE.  

Houston, S. (2015). Reducing Child Protection Error in Social Work: Towards a Holistic-Rational Perspective. Journal of Social Work Practice, 29(4), 379–393.

Leigh, B. (2020). Disguised compliance or undisguised nonsense? A critical discourse analysis of compliance and resistance in social work practice. Families, Relationships and Societies, 9(2), 269–285.  

Child Safeguarding

Aadnanes, M (2017). Social workers’ challenges in the assessment of child abuse and maltreatment: intersections of class and ethnicity in child protection cases. Critical and Radical Social Work. Vol 5(3) 335–50

Gibson, M. (2015). Shame and guilt in child protection social work: new interpretations and opportunities for practice. Child & Family Social Work, 20(3), 333–343.

Kingston LCAB. 2015. Family A, Serious Case Review. [online] accessed 28th January 2021. Available from; 

Professional Social Work. 2010. The Secret Middle Class Abuse. [online] accessed 29th January 2021. Available from;

Shemmings, S. (2012). Gaining the trust of “highly resistant” families: insights from attachment theory and research. Child & Family Social Work, 17(2), 130–137.

Family Group Conferences

Dijkstra, C. (2017). Family group conferencing in Dutch child welfare: Which families are most likely to organize a family group conference? Children and Youth Services Review, 83, 255–263.

Schout, G. (n.d.). Into the swampy lowlands. Evaluating family group conferences. European Journal of Social Work, ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print), 1–10.

Sen, R., Morris, K., Burford, G., Featherstone, B., & Webb, C. (2018). “When you”re sitting in the room with two people one of whom.. has bashed the hell out of the other’: Possibilities and challenges in the use of FGCs and restorative practice following domestic violence.

Sen, R., & Webb, C. (2019). Exploring the declining rates of state social work intervention in an English local authority using family group conferences.

Perinatal (and general) mental health

Ayers, B. (2019). Perinatal mental health and risk of child maltreatment: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Child Abuse & Neglect, 98, 104172–104172.

Brockington, B. (2017). An international position paper on mother-infant (perinatal) mental health, with guidelines for clinical practice. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 20(1), 113–120.

Dwyer, S. (2012) Walking the tightrope of a mental health act assessment, Journal of Social Work Practice, 26:3, 341-353

Holman, D. (2015) Exploring the relationship between social class, mental illness stigma and mental health literacy using British national survey data. Health journal. Vol. 19(4) 413–429

Karban, K. Sparkes, T. Benson, S. Kilyon, J. Lawrence, J. (2020). Accounting for Social Perspectives: An Exploratory Study of Approved Mental Health Professional Practice. British Journal of Social Work. 0, 1–18

Lever Taylor, M. (2019). Experiences of social work intervention among mothers with perinatal mental health needs. Health & Social Care in the Community, 27(6), 1586–1596.

Myors, J. (2015). Engaging women at risk for poor perinatal mental health outcomes: A mixed‐methods study. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 24(3), 241–252.

Transitions from children's services to adult care

Barron, M. (2013). Urban adolescents with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour: costs and characteristics during transition to adult services. Health & Social Care in the Community, 21(3), 283–292.

Mitchell, F. (2015). Facilitators and barriers to informed choice in self‐directed support for young people with disability in transition. Health & Social Care in the Community, 23(2), 190–199.

Multi-Agency issues & practice

Frost, N. (2017). From “silo” to “network” profession – a multi-professional future for social work. Journal of Children’s Services, 12(2-3), 174–183.

Humphreys, H. (2018). Children Living with Domestic Violence: A Differential Response through Multi-agency Collaboration. Australian Social Work, 71(2), 162–174.

Walker, G. (2018). Working together for children : a critical introduction to multi-agency working (Second edition.). Bloomsbury Academic.

Webber, M. (2013). Inter‐agency joint protocols for safeguarding children in social care and adult mental‐health agencies: a cross‐sectional survey of practitioner experiences. Child & Family Social Work, 18(2), 149–158.

White, F. (2005). Communicating misunderstandings: multi-agency work as social practice. Child & Family Social Work, 10(3), 207–216.

This list was last updated on 05/02/2021