Sage Publications

  • critical-thinkingCritical Thinking and Professional Judgement for Social Work.

    Rutter, L. and Brown, K. (2011) Exeter: Learning Matters (3rd edition).   Critical thinking as a process can appear formal and academic, and far-removed from the everyday practitioner experience. This new edition of Critical Thinking for Social Work enables post-qualifying students to develop their analytical skills in line with their everyday experiences. By placing emphasis on professional judgement, communication and critical reflection, this book challenges the view that theory and critical awareness are the preserve of the classroom. Fully-updated to include guidance for social workers following the Munro Review.   Buy from AMAZON
  • effective-leadershipEffective Leadership, Management and Supervision in Health and Social Care

    Gray, I., Field, R., Brown, K. (2010) Exeter:Learning Matters (3rd edition) Within health and social care settings, high levels of sustained performance from individuals, teams, organisations and multi-agency collaborations are required. This book offers a service-oriented leadership approach for Social Work managers and looks to enhance personal effectiveness and ultimately organisational performance through human behaviour, thought and communication. It is designed to support the development of aspiring and front line managers in social work and care through the introduction of key concepts such as understanding the Self, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, self-leadership and communication.   Buy from AMAZON
  • introducing-child-social-workIntroducing child care social work: contemporary policy and practice

    Davey, J. & Bigmore, J. (2009) Exeter: Learning Matters This book provides a practitioner's perspective on the challenges and developments of working in Child Care Social Work in the current context of organisational and social change. Drawing on the experience of social work practitioners who have undertaken the Post-Qualifying Child Care Specialist Award, the book shows how these challenges are being met in everyday practice, providing a forum to share their knowledge and experience with others and contribute to best practice. It will be of interest to social work practitioners and students and all those interested in the reality of current child care practice.   Buy from AMAZON
  • NQSW bookNewly Qualified Social Workers: A Practice Guide to the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment

    Keen, S., Brown, K., Parker, Jonathan., Gray, I. and Galpin, D. [eds]
    The first year of practice can be a particularly challenging time for newly-qualified social workers. This book is therefore essential reading not only for NQSWs entering the workplace but for students on qualifying programmes who wish to develop their skills beyond graduation. This new edition draws upon recommendations from the Social Work Reform Board and includes material on the Assessed Year in Practice and how new practitioners working in both Adults and Children and Families settings can get the very best out of supervision.
     'I am happy to say it is the best book I have ever bought! It has covered all the important topics I was worried about and even gives suggestions of preparation techniques and questions to ask when first starting a new job. This book will be kept with me at all times whilst finding my feet within the new job!' -  Amazon Reviewer
  • social-work-practice-with-adultsSocial Work Practice with Adults.

    Galpin, D. and Bates, N. (2009) Exeter: Learning Matters Based on the experiences of social work practitioners, this book provides a detailed account of contemporary practice issues that can influence social work with adults. Written by different authors, each chapter covers a range of topical debates from the assessment of needs, rights and risk in learning disability services, to direct payments and the implementation of individual budgets. This book is a useful resource for social work students completing the Consolidation and Preparation for Specialist Practice (CPSP) programmes and those embarking on the Post-Qualifying Specialist Award in Social Work with Adults. Buy from AMAZON
  • practice-educatorThe Practice Educator’s Handbook.

    Williams, S. & Rutter, L. (2013) Exeter: Learning Matters. The concept of continuing professional development is followed in an inclusive and holistic way by ensuring that ongoing learning for practitioners is viewed within an inclusive and empowering approach. This revised second edition has been updated to include the new Practice Educator's Framework and will support an individual through their personal journey, focusing on their perspective, and taking an open, analytical, and considered approach to the issues of practice education and, in particular, those associated with qualifying students and NQSWs. There are sections on supervision, mentoring and coaching as well as the involvement of service users and carers. The Authors also examine learning cultures and communities of practice, continuing professional development and PQ training. Buy from AMAZON
  • vulnerable-adultsVulnerable Adults and Community Care.

    Brown, K. [ed.] (2010) Exeter: Learning Matters. This book offers a comprehensive introduction to the areas of leadership, management and supervision for line managers, supervisors and senior practitioners Taking a problem-solving approach, the book explores different aspects of leadership and management including personal effectiveness, managing and leading supervision, managing training and development, managing resources and leading and developing a team. A precise review of each project area is linked to a set of audit tools that a manager can mobilise in order to review team and personal effectiveness and develop practice. Buy from AMAZON
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Leadership and Management Series

  • CPD-in-social-workContinuing Professional Development in Social Work

    Rutter, L. (2013) Exeter: Learning Matters There has been a recent focus on how practitioners can engage with continuing professional learning and development. This book is written to support and help busy social workers in front line practice, as well as those in leadership and management roles, to achieve the key aims of continuing professional development (CPD) in a post-qualifying social work context. There are sections on how to engage with CPD at an appropriate level, understanding complex thinking and practices and developing professional reasoning and judgement that can be appropriately recognised and evaluated. Buy from Amazon
  • IPOP-bookImproving Personal and Organisational Performance in Social Work

    Holroyd, J. (2012) Exeter: Learning Matters Within health and social care settings, high levels of sustained performance from individuals, teams, organisations and multi-agency collaborations are required. This book offers a service-oriented leadership approach for Social Work managers and looks to enhance personal effectiveness and ultimately organisational performance through human behaviour, thought and communication. It is designed to support the development of aspiring and front line managers in social work and care through the introduction of key concepts such as understanding the Self, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, self-leadership and communication. Buy from AMAZON
  • performance-coachingPerformance Coaching Skills for Social Work

    Holroyd, J. & Field, R. (2012) Exeter: Learning Matters Within health and social care settings, high levels of sustained performance from individuals, teams, organisations and multi-agency collaborations are required. In order to achieve this, both management and leadership have to take a clear and defined role. This book looks at the 'how to' of performance coaching - from establishing objectives, determining frameworks, processes and systems, to monitoring and taking corrective action as necessary. Coaching in its various forms offers a means by which those involved in public service can be supported and challenged to perform. Buy from AMAZON
  • planning-and-budgetingPlanning and Budgeting Skills for Health and Social Care Managers

    Fields, R. (2012) Exeter: Learning Matters At a time of increasing government austerity, it is vital that managers and leaders within health and social care organisations have a critical understanding of good planning and budgeting skills. This handbook will guide managers through the complex area of the planning process and includes sections on organisational aspects of planning, completing evaluation forms and analysis and strategic goal-setting. The Author then looks at effective budgeting skills including year-end forecasting, profiling and efficiency. Buy from AMAZON
  • promoting-learningPromoting Individual and Organisational Learning in Social Work

    Williams, S., Rutter, L. and Gray, I. (2012) Exeter: Learning Matters In today's performance driven environment, maintaining service quality in social work is more important than ever. This book will help social work leaders and managers to understand the role that personal and organisational learning plays in the provision of services that are effective and responsive to the needs of service users, carers and the communities. Recent national policy drivers such as the Munro Review into Child Protection (2011) and the recommendations of the Social Work Reform Board (2010) have strengthened the need to embed and enable learning within the workplace. This book is part of a Leadership and Management series which enables managers to understand this need, and respond in a timely and effective way. Buy from AMAZON
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