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Jessica Kingsley books Reviewed in 2008


Community Care Practice and the Law
Edition: 4th
Format: Paperback
Author: Michael Mandelstam
ISBN: 978-1-84310-691-3
Publishers: Jessica Kingsley
Price: £45
Publication Date: 2008
 
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This fourth edition of Community Care Practice and the Law has been fully updated to reflect the rapid and continuing legal, policy and practice changes affecting community care.
 
It provides comprehensive and jargon-free explanations of community care legislation, as well as other areas of law directly relevant to practitioners, including the NHS, disabled facilities grants and housing adaptations, asylum and immigration, mental capacity, human rights, disability discrimination, health and safety at work and negligence - and a range of legal provisions relevant to the protection and safeguarding of adults.
 
Apart from the burgeoning legal case law and ombudsman investigations, changes from the last edition include coverage of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, legal implications of 'self directed care' and 'individual budgets', changes to direct payments and 'ordinary residence' determinations. In particular, new guidance applies to the high profile issue of NHS continuing health care.
 
The book is an essential guide for practitioners and managers in both the statutory and voluntary sectors, policy makers in local authorities and the NHS, advocates, lawyers and social work students.
 

Contents
 
Part I. Introduction, overview, underlying themes, remedies. 1.Introduction. 2. Overview of community care. 3. Underlying themes. 4. Non-judicial remedies. 5. Judicial remedies. Part II. Social services assessment and provision of services. 6. Social services assessment: referral and eligibility. 7. Reassessing, withdrawing services and waiting. 8. Care plans and provision of services. 9. Residential accommodation. 10. Charging for residential accommodation. 11. Non-residential services. 12. Charging for non-residential services. 13. Direct payments, carers, families with children in need, etc. 14. Asylum seekers and other people subject to immigration control. 15. Residence and eligibility for services. Part III. Housing, home adaptations and the NHS. 16. Housing and home adaptations. 17. National Health Service provision. 18. NHS continuing health care. 19. Joint working between local authorities and the NHS. Part IV. Decision-making capacity, safeguarding adults. 20. Mental capacity. 21. Protecting and safeguarding vulnerable adults. References. Index.
 

Praise for previous editions:
 
'This book is an excellent resource for all physiotherapists, from policy developers to students.'
- Journal of Physiotherapy
'The third edition…has been substantially reworked from the previous edition… essential reading for practitioners, managers and students who need a practical guide to the law as it applies to community care practice… it is an ideal book to dip into and is easy to navigate.'
- British Journal of Occupational Therapy
'This book is set out coherently and with clear cross referencing… Mandelstam achieves the difficult task of providing an adequate description of legal issues with detailed analysis and thorough application; this is to his credit. It will appeal to and should be considered an essential text reference for specialist practitioners and managers in health and social care.'
- Journal of Community Nursing
'Michael Mandelstam's book…is superb - the more you look at it, the more you will find it of relevance. Care home providers and managers need to know and understand the law, especially when dealing with local authorities and other outside bodies such as Commission for Social Care Inspection. I've put this book to the test and it comes through with flying colours.'
- Caring Times
'Community Care Practice and the Law proves itself to be comprehensive and monumentally authoritative.'
- Tony Gillam, Mental Health Practice


The Social Worker's Guide to Children and Families Law
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Lynn Davis
ISBN: 978-1-84310-653-1
Publishers: Jessica Kingsley
Price: £19.99
Publication Date: 2008
 
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The Social Worker's Guide to Children and Families Law is an accessible, jargon-free guide to the key elements of the law that concern practising social workers in children and families teams in England and Wales.
 
This resource for everyday practice includes explanations of the fundamental concepts of parental responsibility and human rights, and the detailed provisions of private and public law, including adoption. The legal issues raised by atypical families (such as those in gay relationships, of mixed heritage or with children or parents with disabilities) are also covered throughout the text. It includes bullet lists, checklists and charts for quick and easy reference, as well as highlighted points for practice and illustrative case scenarios to put the law into context.
 
This guide will be an invaluable resource for practising social workers, as well as trainees, students and those studying for post-qualifying awards.
 

Contents
 
Acknowledgements. Preface. Introduction. Part 1: Fundamentals. Chapter 1. Human Rights. Chapter 2. Key Points in Children and Families Law. Chapter 3. Parental Responsibility and Children's Autonomy. Part 2: Private Law. Chapter 4. Section 8 Orders - Specific Issue and Prohibited Steps. Chapter 5. Residence and Special Guardianship. Chapter 6. Contact. Part 3: The Local Authority's Support Role. Chapter 7. Children in Need. Chapter 8. Accommodation. Part 4: Child Protection. Chapter 9. Investigations. Chapter 10. Emergency Action. Part 5: Care Proceedings. Chapter 11. The Threshold Criteria. Chapter 12. Care Proceedings - Interim Stages. Chapter 13. Care Proceedings - Care Orders and Care Plans. Chapter 14. Contact and Enforcing Care Plans. Part 6: Adoption. Chapter 15. Adoption Fundamentals and Adoption by Consent. Chapter 16. Placement Orders, Contested Cases and Contact. Appendix 1A- Children Act 1989 Key Sections by Number. Appendix 1B - Children Act 1989 Key Sections by Subject. Appendix 2 - Residence, Special Guardianship and Adoption at a Glance. Appendix 3 - Contact Aide-Mémoire. Appendix 4 - Care / Accommodation at a Glance. Appendix 5 - Summary of Duties to `Looked After' Children. Appendix 6 - Emergency Protection Orders Aide-Mémoire. Appendix 7 - Care / Supervision orders at a Glance. Appendix 8 - Care Planning Scenario. List of Statutes. List of Cases. Index.
 

The Author
 
Lynn Davis is a Consultant for Davis, Simmonds & Donaghey Solicitors in Kent, UK. She has specialised in child care law since 1989, acting as a solicitor for local authorities, parents and children. She regularly provides legal update training for social workers and has taught on the law module for student social workers.
 
Other JKP publications by Lynn Davis
See You in Court
A Social Worker's Guide to Presenting Evidence in Care Proceedings

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What You Need To Know About Cannabis:
Understanding The Facts.
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Authors: David Emmett and Graeme Nice
ISBN: 978 1 84310 697 5
Publishers: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Price: £12.99
Publication Date: 2008
 
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Does cannabis really trigger schizophrenia? Is it true that cannabis is a non-addictive drug? What's the difference between hash and skunk?
According to the UN's estimate, 160 million people around the world use cannabis; that's roughly 2.5 per cent of the world population. Despite these figures, most people have a profound lack of knowledge about cannabis, made all the more dangerous by the changing nature of the drug itself, with much higher levels of potency being seen today than ever before.
What You Need to Know About Cannabis offers accessible, accurate and objective information about the drug, allowing the reader draw their own conclusion. The book demystifies the latest research about the effects of cannabis, particularly in relation to mental health issues.
Suitable for use as a resource for teachers, professionals, parents and young people who want to know the facts about cannabis, this book tells you what you need to know about this controversial drug.

Introduction. 1. Cannabis - the Plant and the Drug . 2. Cannabis and Health 3. Cannabis and Mental Health - Looking at the Research 4. Problem Cannabis Use. 5. Treatment Options. 6. Detecting Cannabis Use. 7. The Global Cannabis Industry. 8. Cannabis and the Law. Conclusions. Appendix One: Glossary of Terms. Appendix Two: Self Help and Support to Quit or Reduce Usage. Appendix Three: Rehabilitation, Detoxification and Treatment Services. Appendix Four: Useful Organizations. Index.

Review
This book has been written by two very experienced practitioners whose knowledge and expertise is very apparent in this excellent publication. The format of this work consists of an introduction, eight chapters, conclusions and three appendices, within 127 pages, complete with a number of useful visual aids. Also, there is an abundance of well-directed references to internet sources for more detailed information on specific points.
 
The introduction commences with the two commonly expressed opposing opinions regarding cannabis, namely that it is harmless, even beneficial, whereas others assert the opposite view. As the authors state, this contributes to the confusion in the minds of many, and make it clear that none of the available evidence supports any of these extreme assertions. Their stated aim is to present a balanced coverage of the vast amount of information available on this subject. This objective has been achieved throughout the book, which leaves individual readers to form their own conclusions on this highly topical subject.
 
Chapter 1 is entitled “Cannabis - the Plant and the Drug”. This describes the different forms of cannabis as well as its methods of use and is aided by several photographs and diagrams. Chapter 2 is headed “Cannabis and Health”, which consists of a discussion on the medicinal uses of cannabis and possible problems, during which a number of myths are dispelled. Further information about the methods of imbibing this drug is also given here. Chapter 3 is entitled “Cannabis and Mental Health - Looking at the Research” which, among other things, includes some useful and thought-provoking research studies. Chapter 4 focuses on “Problem Cannabis Use” and addresses ways in which cannabis use can be problematic, other than its effects on mental health. The contentious question as to whether cannabis is a gateway drug is dealt with in a particularly balanced and well-focused manner; likewise the equally controversial issue as to whether cannabis is addictive, is also covered very effectively. Chapter 5, entitled “Treatment Options” contains a good overview of the help available to those variously dependent on cannabis. This includes local drug services, detoxification, various rehabilitation facilities, home-based detoxification and treatment, and self-help. The practicality of this book is enhanced by the inclusion of appendices containing website details which offer further information on these issues as well as enabling contact with specific organisations in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
 
Chapter 6 is focused on “Detecting Cannabis Use” and lists those agencies and individuals who conduct drug testing and screening, as well as including specific reasons for conducting these procedures. This is followed by a very interesting account of the methods of testing. The first paragraph of Chapter 7 is particularly relevant to this review as it personifies the general approach of this book as well as the chapter in question. Under the main heading “The Global Cannabis Industry”, the authors state the following: “It is not our purpose in writing this book to bombard the reader with endless statistics or to litter each page with figures to support one fact or another. However, in our view, if the reader is to have a good chance of gaining a clear and comprehensive picture of the cannabis scene within their own locality, and an understanding of how that scene fits into the context of the worldwide scene, it is necessary to paint that picture using a number of carefully selected and, most importantly, reliable statistics.
 
The text will direct the interested reader, who may wish to access more detail, to the sources of those statistics that we do use them within this chapter, so that they may carry out their own further research.” Chapter 7 then provides an overview of the worldwide production of herbal cannabis, cannabis resin and cannabis oil, followed by a brief coverage of global cannabis seizures. Under the subheading “National Cannabis Scenes,” a very good account of indoor and outdoor cultivation trends, together with their relationship with organised crime, is given in relation to the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. A very skilful approach to “Cannabis and the Law” has been adopted in Chapter 8. As the authors state: “It is not possible, or indeed particularly useful, in a book such as this, to detail the whole mass of international law on this subject. Rather, this chapter will attempt to set out the major landmarks in the history of the involvement of the criminal law with cannabis, and to provide you with some guidance as to where to check out the current legal situation regarding the drug in a number of different countries.” This is particularly appropriate in view of the changes in the classification of cannabis within UK legislation. The issue of its legal status is briefly discussed in the final part of Chapter 8 which also contains a historical overview of the global development of cannabis laws.
 
The non-judgemental approach adopted throughout this book adds to its quality in the way that the authors present many of the key facts. The information has been carefully presented so as to enable readers to make up their own minds, aided by the well-focused coverage of the major issues. Much of the principal message conveyed by this book is encapsulated in its concluding chapter that ends on an optimistic note regarding possible beneficial uses of cannabis if medical science can find ways of utilising such properties in the correct manner.
 
This book is highly recommended to its intended market, namely, teachers, professionals (within the context of drug misuse), parents, young people, and virtually everyone who has an interest in the topic.
 
Leonard Jason-Lloyd


Good Practice in Safeguarding Adults
Working Effectively in Adult Protection
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Edited by Jacki Prichard
ISBN: 978-1-84310-699-9
Publishers: Jessica Kingsley
Price: £19.99
Publication Date: 2008
 
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Good Practice in Safeguarding Adults provides an up to date and topical overview of developments in policy, guidance, legislation and practice in the area of adult protection.
The book aims to broaden thinking about adult abuse, assesses alternative models of practice such as criminal justice and welfare, and covers groups who may be overlooked, such as people with brain injuries, older prisoners and adults within the black and minority ethnic communities. Issues covered include domestic violence and honour-based crime, abuse in institutions, financial abuse, and risk assessment in adult protection. The book is illustrated throughout with case studies, and also gives a voice to the victims of adult abuse who can be forgotten in a working environment that emphasises target performance, indicators, standards, star ratings, paperwork and correct use of terminology.
 
This book will be essential reading for anyone working with vulnerable adults, including social workers, care managers, care workers, health care staff, police, probation officers, staff within the prison system, advocates, volunteers, training officers and students.
 

Introduction. Jacki Pritchard, Independent Social Worker, JP Ltd. Chapter 1. No Secrets, Safeguarding Adults and Adult Protection Work. Gary Fitzgerald, Action On Elder Abuse. Chapter 2. Millstone to Mainstream: The Development of Vulnerable Adult Policy in North Wales. Arwel Wyn Owen, Anglesey County Council. Chapter 3. Two Years in the Life of an Adult Protection Co-Ordinator. Peter Sadler, Lincolnshire County Council. Chapter 4. Domestic Violence and Honour Based Crime: Joined Up Governance and an Islamic Approach. District Judge Marilyn Mornington, Family Justice Council and Jamieson Mornington, MA. Chapter 5. Elder Abuse and Black and Minority Ethnic Communities: Lessons for Good Practice. Alison Bowes, Ghizala Avan and Sherry Bien Macintosh, University Of Stirling. Chapter 6. The Role of the Commission for Social Care Inspection. Adrian Hughes, Commission for Social Care Inspection. Chapter 7. The Abuse in Institutions and the Resulting Inquiries. Deborah Kitson, Ann Craft Trust. Chapter 8. Older Adults in Prison: Vulnerability, Abuse and Neglect. Adrian J. Hayes, University Of Manchester and Seena Fazel, University Of Oxford. Chapter 9. Brain Injury, Case Management and Financial Abuse: A Complex Affair. Lucy Naven and Jackie Parker, J.S. Parker and Associates. Chapter 10. Using the Mental Capacity Act to Protect Vulnerable Adults. Simon Leslie, Berkshire County Council. Chapter 11. Doing Risk Assessment Properly In Adult Protection Work. Jacki Pritchard. Chapter 12. Survivors Explain Healing Through Group Work. Members of Beyond Existing. List of Contributors. Index.


Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Christiane Sanderson
ISBN: 9781843106067
Publishers: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Price: £25
Publication Date: August 2008
 
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Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse explains how counsellors can facilitate recovery from domestic abuse within a secure, supportive therapeutic relationship.
 
There has been growing awareness in recent years of the impact and consequences of domestic abuse, especially the relationship between domestic abuse and mental health. To appreciate the nature of trauma caused by domestic abuse, professionals need to understand its complex nature and the psychobiological impact of repeated exposure to control and terror. This book examines the therapeutic techniques and specific challenges, such as secondary traumatic stress, faced by professionals when working with survivors of domestic abuse. The author stresses the importance of identifying domestic abuse so that it can be addressed in the therapeutic process to aid recovery, and explores issues such as safety and protection, the long-term effects of abuse and the importance of grieving to the restoration of hope.
 
This book is essential reading for counsellors, therapists, social workers, mental health professionals, health care professionals including GPs and midwives, managers of refuges, legal professionals and all those working with survivors of domestic abuse.
 

Christiane Sanderson is a lecturer in Psychology at London University, Birkbeck College, and Consultant in the School of Human and Life Sciences, Roehampton University. With 20 years' experience working in child sexual abuse interpersonal abuse and trauma, she has run consultancy and training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, and the Metropolitan Police Service. She is author of Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd edition and The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Contents: Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Understanding Domestic Abuse. 2. Understanding the Impact and Long-Term Effects of Domestic Abuse. 3. Understanding Survivors of Domestic Abuse. 4. Working with Survivors of Domestic Abuse. 5. Working with Safety and Protection Strategies. 6. Working with Trauma of Domestic Abuse. 7. Working with Self-Aspects of Domestic Abuse. 8. Working with Relational Aspects of Domestic Abuse. 9. Working with Loss and the Restoration of Hope. 10. Professional Issues when Working with Survivors of Domestic Abuse. Resources. Bibliography. Subject Index. Author Index.

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A Practitioners' Tool for the Assessment of Adults who Sexually Abuse Children
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Jeff Fowler
ISBN: 978-1-84310-639-5
Publishers: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Price: £18.99
Publication Date: 2008
 
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This book is a practical tool for the assessment of adults who sexually abuse children.
It examines the impact of sexual abuse on children, enables professionals to evaluate the risk presented by adults who have sexually abused children, and provides a framework for the assessment of parents or carers and their ability to protect their children. The book includes checklists that practitioners can use to interpret the information they collect, and is illustrated with a central case study that demonstrates how the assessment profile can be used.
This book is a helpful resource for anyone undertaking assessments that have involved the sexual abuse of children. It is also of interest to others involved in child protection, such as social workers, health professionals, teachers, and legal and criminal justice professionals.
 
Contents
 
Introduction. Safeguarding Children. Introduction to the Practitioners' Tool. Chapter 1: The Child. 1.1 The Child. 1.2 Sally's Story. Chapter 2: The Abusing Adult. 2.1 Adults Who Sexually Abuse Children. 2.2 Beginning the Assessment. 2.3 Assessment of the Abusing Adult. 2.4 The Case Study. 2.5 The Family Structure. 2.6 Chronology. 2.7 Experiences from Childhood to Adult Life. 2.8 The Adults' Perception of Self. 2.9 Adult Relationships. 2.10 Perception of Children of 'The Family'. 2.11 Criminal History - Non-Sexual Offences. 2.12 Drugs and Alcohol. 2.13 Self-esteem. 2.14 Dominant and Submissive Behaviour. 2.15 Angry, Aggressive and Violent Behaviour. 2.16 The Adult's Perception of Child Sexual Abuse. 2.17 The Sexual Abuse of the Child(ren). 2.18 Victim Empathy. 2.19 Support Systems. 2.20 The Future. Chapter 3: The Non-abusing Adult. 3.1 The Non-abusing Adult. 3.2 Assessing the Non-abusing Adult. 3.3 Ability to Protect. 3.4 the Future. 3.5 Evaluating the Information. Terms and Tools Used in Assessing Adults who Sexually Abuse Children. Subject index. Author index.

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Young Children's Rights
Exploring Beliefs, Principles and Practice
Number 13 in the Children in Charge Series
Edition: 2nd edition
Format: Paperback
Author: Priscilla Alderson
ISBN: 978-1-84310-599-2
Publishers: Jessica Kingsley
Price: £19.99
Publication Date:
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Contents
Acknowledgements. Foreword, by Mary John. Introduction. 1. Children's Provision Rights. 2. Children's Protection Rights. 3. Children's Participation Rights. 4. Young Children as People. 5. Beliefs and Feelings About Consulting Young Children. 6. Methods and Levels of Involving Young Children. 7. Consulting Young Children and Taking Risks. 8. Working Together: Sharing Decisions and Responsibility. 9. The Key Messages from the Evidence and Experience. References. Subject Index. Author Index.
 

The Author
Priscilla Alderson, PhD, FRSA is Professor of Childhood Studies at the Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London. She has written numerous books and articles on young children's rights.
 

Praise for the first edition:
'There is much to be commended in Alderson's book, … It is written with clarity and passion and adopts a child-centred perspective, and most of Alderson's points are well backed up with appropriate, illustrative, research and practice examples. …'
- Child Abuse Review Vol. 11: 124-132 (2002)
'This book will prove invaluable to any who are involved in research or professional practice with children. It is also carefully and quietly making 'child-citizens' thinkable. A final commendation is that it takes the 'tough' cases of young children and babies as its primary focus and still makes a very reasonable and compelling case for their abilities to participate in decision-making.'
- Infant and Child Development
'This is a highly accessible book that is a useful contribution to the debate about the children's rights and citizenship. It will provide a stimulating and thought-provoking read for anyone who works with (or is a parent of) young children and, despite the fact that she did not win over this reader entirely, Alderson has given fresh impetus to the need to continually rethink our attitude to children's rights'.
- International Journal of Early Years Education
'This book does more than simply present an argument for greater consultation of children by the adults who care for them. It gives practical suggestions as to different approaches adults can take to consulting with young children and also includes some brief case studies of good practice. These highlight the case that we all too often underestimate the potential children have to act as socially responsible citizens, whether through a genuine lack of understanding of what children are capable of, or through an anxiety about a loss of control.'
- International Journal of Early Years Education
'The book contains a lot of common sense and explores events that occur every day in our schools as well as issues I have not yet had to deal with. She stresses that we need to teach children that sometimes they have a choice, but at other times there is no choice. Her argument is that if children can choose on occasions, it is then easier to accept that sometimes they can't.
She offers arguments both for and against young children being consulted in matters which affect them. The book gives clear suggestions of how to deal with possible barriers put up by adults who feel they should be the decision makers. All this provides interesting reading and the basis for a good discussion. It made me think about the school councils I have sat on: very thought provoking…Young Children's Rights gives us a chance to rethink our attitudes to young children's rights in the light of new theories, research and practical evidence."
- Professionalism in Practice
'This book will prove invaluable to any who are involved in research for professional practice with children. It is also carefully and quietly making 'child-citizens' thinkable. A final commendation is that it takes the 'tough' cases of young children and babies as its primary focus and still makes a very reasonable and compelling case for their abilities to participate in decision-making.
- Infant & Child Development
'Strange that almost ten years on from the UK ratification from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) this book, commissioned by Save the Children, should strike such a powerful and challenging note. Two main reasons, As Priscilla Alderson makes clear, is that it deals mainly with 'participation' rights, rather than 'protection' or 'provision' rights (in the commonly used '3 Ps' grouping of CRC articles) and that it is concerned with children under eight, including babies and children with learning disabilities… Young children's rights is highly readable, drawing on the authors important research experience in this field as well as being 'a practical collection of ideas and examples'… Alderson explores the benefits and perceived disadvantages. for young children and adults of consulting and involving them, and confirms that in the end it is an issue of power sharing… Overall this book makes a most valuable as well as enjoyable contribution to the understanding and promotion of young children's participation rights.'
- Young Minds magazine
'This thought-provoking book addresses the practical issues of the rights of children. Priscilla Alderson considers how children's views, ideas and perspectives can be encouraged and the possible blocks that adults find to avoid even trying to consult with younger citizens. The author points out that 'giving children a voice' as a popular slogan but children already have voices; the adult task is to listen.'
- Nursery World
'Each chapter is richly illustrated with case studies drawn from research into and practical experience of helping children to participate in decision-making. Though she is careful to point out that the book is not a "how-to" of children's rights, Alderson takes us step-by-step through the objections to the notion of children's rights that we may have, through answers to those objections and through methods of involving and consulting children in decision-making. One of the most appealing features of the book is that Alderson consistently acknowledges that practicing children's rights is likely to pose emotional challenges for adults whether they think of themselves as pro or anti-children's rights. She makes the grounds and nature of these often-inarticulate qualms clear, and is equally clear that children should not have to bear the burden of problems that adults have with their adulthood. This book will prove invaluable to any who are involved in research or professional practice with children. It is also carefully and quietly making "child-citizens" thinkable. A final commendation is that it takes the "tough" cases of young children and babies as its primary focus and still makes a very reasonable and compelling case for their abilities to participate in decision-making.'
- Infant and Child Development
'It is a joy to read such a book, which puts into words dearly held principles that are rarely clearly expressed. Alderson discusses the importance of treating young children as individuals and as holders of rights. Professionals working with children in family proceedings struggle to articulate the issues debated here in the course of daily work, in reports, in explaining our role to children and parents and in fighting the child's corner in negotiations, both in and out of court… Practitioners who work regularly with children will find this book helpful. It articulates the issues and the importance of treating all children with respect, as holders of views, which should be taken seriously… The creativity and good sense of children's solutions to problems affecting them are illustrated in a way that is helpful and illuminating. It contributes to the canon of work illustrating why consulting with children is so important in reaching good solutions for them.'
- Seen and Heard
Priscilla Alderson examines the often overlooked issue of the rights of young children, starting with the question of how the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child applies to the youngest children, from birth to eight years of age. The question of finding a balance between young children's rights to protection, to provision (resources and services) and to participation (expressing their views, being responsible) is discussed. The author suggests that, in the belief we are looking after their best interests, we have become overprotective of children and deny them the freedom to be expressive, creative and active, and that improving the way adults and children communicate is the best way of redressing that balance.
This second edition has been updated and expanded to include the relevance of UNCRC rights of premature babies, international examples such as the Chinese one-child policy, children's influence on regional policies, and the influence on young children's lives of policies such as Every Child Matters and those of the World Bank, IMF, OECD and UNICEF.
This readable, informative and thought-provoking book is a compelling invitation to rethink our attitudes to young children's rights in the light of new theories, research and practical evidence about children's daily lives. It will be of interest to anyone who works with young children.
 

The Children in Charge Series
Edited by Mary John
This new series concentrates on the theme of children's rights, reflecting
the increasing knowledge in the area. The perspectives of empowerment and of
'voice' run through the series and the United Nations' Convention of the Right
of the Child is used as a benchmark.
 
Other titles on themes relating to children can be found on our working with children and child psychiatry and psychology pages.
 
The editor, Mary John, is a developmental
psychologist, holding a Chair in Education at the University of Exeter. She has
worked in the field of disability rehabilitation and independent living and has
researched with minority rights groups.


Sexual Offending and Mental Health
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Edited by Julia Houston & Sarah Galloway
ISBN: 9781843105503
Publishers: Jessica Kingsley
Price: £25
Publication Date:
 
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Sexual Offending and Mental Health draws together theoretical, clinical and mental health issues for the range of professionals working in the community and in-patient settings with sex offenders and those who have behaved in sexually inappropriate ways.

The contributors describe current influential models of sexual offending and the developmental, psychological and social factors involved. They discuss the prevalence of personality and mental disorders in known sex offenders and the impact these disorders have on their treatment and management. They describe clinical work with individuals, their partners and families, and also consider the impact of this work on professionals. The book includes an outline of current approaches to risk assessment, an overview of the recent changes in legislation in England and Wales, and suggestions for multi-disciplinary management in the community.
This book will be essential reading for professionals working in health or criminal justice settings with people who have committed sexual offences or whose sexual behaviour has caused concern for others.
 

Contents
Foreword. Introduction. Part I: Theoretical Perspectives. 1. An Overview of Sexual Offending (Julia Houston, Shaftesbury Clinic, London, UK). 2. Risk Assessment (Jackie Craissati, Head of Forensic Psychology, London, UK). 3. Mental Disorder and Sexual Offending (Andrew M Aboud, Queensland Forensic Mental Health Services, Australia). 4. Ethnicity and Diversity Issues (Olumuyiwa John Olumoroti, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Croydon, UK). 5. The Law and Sexual Offending (Sarah Galloway, Shaftesbury Clinic, London, UK) and Sandra MacPhail, University of London, UK). Part II: Clinical Practice Issues. 6. A Sex Offender Service within a Mental Health Setting (Julia Houston and Malcolm Scoales, University of London). 7. Clinical Assessment and Formulation (Tim Green, Chartered Clinical Psychologist). 8. Treatment, Relapse Prevention and Building Good Lives (Tim Green). 9. The Impact of Personality Disorder when Working with Sex Offenders (Sharon Prince, Leeds Personality Disorder Clinical Network). 10. Multi-agency/Disciplinary Working with Sexual Offenders (Sarah Galloway and Adina Seupersad, Shaftesbury Clinic). 11. The Non-Abusing Parent and their Role in Risk Management (Sarah Galloway and Natalie Hogg, Shaftesbury Clinic, UK). 12. Systemic Interventions with Sexual Offending (Alison Beck, Associate Director of Psychology and Psychological Therapies, London, UK). 13. The Impact on Professionals of Working with Sex Offenders (Sharon K. C. Leicht, West London Mental Health NHS Trust Forensic Services, UK). Biographies. Index.

Review
 
Sexual Offending and Mental Health (Houston and Galloway, 2008) draws upon the work of the Sex Offender Service (SOS) to discuss the assessment; treatment; and problems of working with adult, male offenders with mental health problems who have committed contact offences against women and children. The term 'offender' is interpreted loosely by the authors. It is used to refer to those who have yet to be convicted of an offence. Sexual Offending and Mental Health (ibid, 2008) is grounded within a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary approach. The book seeks to introduce readers to the clinical theoretical and legal issues in working with sexual offenders with mental health problems. The book is a collection of thirteen essays, divided into two parts to address these issues. The first part of the book looks at the theoretical perspectives of sexual offending and mental health and the second explores clinical practice issues.
 
Part One of Sexual Offending and Mental Health (ibid, 2008) presents an in-depth account of the key theoretical knowledge of sexual offending and offenders by looking at: theories of sexual offending; risk assessment; and the relationship between mental health and offending inter alia. Chapter One (Houston, 2008) and Chapter Two (Craissati, 2008) present an introductory discussion on the theories of sexual offending and risk prediction, which set the tone for the following chapters. Chapter Three (Aboud, 2008) explores the relationship between sexual offending and mental disorder, whilst the discussion by Olumoroti (2008) draws attention to role and influence of ethnicity and cultural issues in sexual offending. The final discussion in Part One (Galloway and MacPhail, 2008) offers a comprehensive discussion on legislative changes in sexual offending in the last ten years, including the future direction of legal changes.
 
All the chapters presented in Part Two are clinically oriented, supported by case examples. Chapter Six (Houston and Scoales, 2008) looks at the development and operation of SOS. Chapter Seven (Green, 2008) and Chapter Eight (ibid, 2008) explores the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders with mental health problems, including relapse prevention. Chapter Nine (Prince, 2008) discusses the ways in which personality disorders can affect the treatment and management of sexual offenders. The next discussion (Galloway and Seupersad, 2008) emphasises the role of multi-agency/multi-disciplinary approach in managing sexual offenders with mental health problems, including the challenges faced by professionals in the field. Chapter Eleven (Galloway and Hogg, 2008) and Chapter Twelve (Beck, 2008) look at the broader networks of support around individual offenders. Galloway and Hogg (2008) use a number of case examples to highlight the difficulties in working with partners of sexual offenders, whilst Beck (2008) delves into the literature on working with families of sexual offenders. The final discussion in Part Two (Leicht, 2008) explores the impact of working with sexual offenders on professionals.
 
Sexual Offending and Mental Health (Houston and Galloway, 2008) is an engaging read, which looks at the challenges in the assessment; treatment; and problems in dealing with sexual offenders with mental health issues in a clear and well-structured discussion. The book also has a unique selling point, as relatively few texts address sexual offending and mental health. The book also explores a number of other over-looked areas, such as: ethnicity, diversity and cultural issues; systemic interventions; and the impact upon professionals of working with sexual offenders inter alia. Sexual Offending and Mental Health (Houston and Galloway, 2008) also has a number of other strengths. It offers different perspectives on sexual offenders with mental health problems due to the discussion being grounded within a multi-disciplinary approach. Also, the book offers real life case-studies and presents a theoretical overview juxtaposed with clinical practice issues. In all, Sexual Offending and Mental Health (ibid, 2008) is a book which has identified a gap in the existing literature. As a result, the collection of essays presents a thought-provoking, accessible read on the challenges to sexual offending/offenders and mental health. The book is a valuable resource, not only for forensic mental health clinicians but also for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
 
Faiza Qureshi


Professional Risk and Working with People
Decision-making in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: David Carson & Andy Bain
ISBN: 978-1-84310-389-9
Publishers: Jessica Kingsley
Price: £19.99
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Professional Risk and Working with People provides advice on assessing and managing risks for all those employed to take risks with or on behalf of other people.

The authors explore issues of risk assessment and management that provides readers with a broad knowledge of risk practices that can be applied across a range of disciplines. They detail the benefits of risk as well as the potential harm and explain relevant legislation and concepts of negligence in clear and accessible language. Examples of risk policies, systems and effective judgement in managing complex risk decisions are also included.

In the current climate of blame and readiness to pursue legal action against professionals, this book will prove essential reading for all practitioners who come into contact with risk, including doctors and other health and care professionals, probation officers and social workers. Leaders of professional courses and their students will also find this an invaluable guide.


Contents

Preface.1: Risk: Making It Work For and Not Against You. 2: Map and Model. 3: The Law: From Judging to Supporting Decision-making. 4: Risk Assessment. 5: Risk Management. 6: Risk Communication. 7: Risk Procedures. 8: Risk Policies. 9: Risk Strategies. 10: Conclusion. Appendix: Shared Vocabulary of Risk and Risk-taking. References. Subject Index. Author Index. Index of Legislation.


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R U Listenin'?
Helping Defiant Men to Recognize their True Potential
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Terry Bianchini
ISBN: 978-1-84310-616-6
Publishers: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
116 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB
Price: £16.99
Publication Date: 2008
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R U Listenin'? challenges men to reflect on their personal and emotional behaviour and uses prison life as an analogy to help them rethink their perspectives.
 
Aimed at professionals working with men who are challenging the boundaries of society or any man who feels frustrated by his life, the book offers detailed illustrative case studies, structured exercises and topics for discussion, which can be used by the individual or in a group context. These features are identified in the text by pictorial icons, making the book easy to navigate. The exercises are imaginative and challenging, encouraging men to develop social and communication skills and an understanding of how the structures of society work. The author also suggests exercises and techniques for dealing with challenging groups, which are ideal for use by group facilitators.
 
This book provides positive guidance for troubled men and is an essential tool for professionals working with young offenders and men with challenging behaviour.
 

Contents
Foreword. Preface. Introduction. 1. Prison Life. 2. An Accessory to the Crime. 3. Believing Your Way Out from Within. 4. Knowing Your Sentence. 5. Natural Instincts. 6. Offending Behaviour. 7. Segregation. 8. Institutionalization. 9. Rehabilitation. 10. Know your Jailers. 11. The Gym. 12. Kitchens. 13. Freedom. 14. Sentence Planning. 15 Exercise Regime. Bibliography.

Review

The title of the book is taken from a shout often used in prisons by a prisoner to catch the attention of anyone who may be passing their door or window, often heard by the author as he works as a personal adviser in prisons. He also works outside of prisons, and has spent 20 years trying to restore people's self-esteem which has been knocked by a prison sentence, a lost job or life not going to plan.
 
Terry Bianchini seeks to write a book that can be accessed by everyone - facilitators are given icons to help divide up the chapters,individuals can read it for personal development. There is a recap section at the end of each chapter, to make sure we are listening to what is being said in each section. The opening chapter offers an overview of the philosophy of the book, and engages with the concept of some people being locked inside their own personal prison, and release from that prison being open to all who wish to be released from it. This is followed through in the next chapter which examines self-harm, to our bodies or our well-being, by having a negative attitude towards ourselves. Belief is something which can be used positively to bolster ourselves, or negatively to damage our well-being, and chapter three explores the power of belief.
 
Under the title of “Knowing Your Sentence” the writerthe notion that sentences do not only apply to prisoners, and that understanding our beliefs and where they come from helps us to address them. The basic instinct of survival and self-preservation colours our decisions in life, as do our environment and relationships. Offending behaviour is not part of our make-up and we can all learn appropriate behaviour to address our needs and bring contentment. Sometimes we need to isolate ourselves from others and talk to our own needs and behaviour patterns.
 
The author next tackles “Institutionalization” - it can be seen as a release from responsibility, but takes away true contentment and identity, which is explored in the theme of rehabilitation back to independence. In each chapter, prison themes and ideas are taken beyond prison walls to help not just those in prison, but those imprisoned by other aspects of their lives.So a chapter on “Know Your Jailers” obviously refers to those working in prisons, but also those at work, at home, even ourselves, all needing to be tackled by self-discipline.
 
In the Gym we encounter the value of exercise and diet in influencing the quality of life, and exercise especially as the best natural remedy to many conditions. An excursion into the kitchens takes on the effect of diet on our well-being. Control of diet leads to control of our well-being - eating when we are hungry rather than when we are tempted is a good rule to follow.
 
Maturity is offered as the ingredient which links all these chapters together, and is the prelude to understanding freedom - freedom from prison, but freedom from all those things which hold us in every part of life. The next chapter deals with sentence planning, as a way of understandingpractising maturity in all aspects of life, while the final chapter offers an exercise regime of points from each of the sections of the book, mostly intended for use with groups.
 
Terry Bianchini has written a practical and helpful book for everyone, based on his prison experience - as he states at the beginning:“some prisons are built, others are created.” Developing our self-esteem helps us all to a fuller life. Are we listenin to what he says?
 
Terry Nowell


The Bullies - Understanding Bullies and Bullying

Edition: 1st

Format: Paperback

Author: Dennis Lines

ISBN: 978-1-84310-578-7

Publishers: Jessica Kingsley

Price: £16.99

Publication Date: 2008

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Is there a particular type of person who becomes a bully? Why do bullies behave like they do? How can we interpret and understand bullying within relationships?

The Bullies attempts to get inside the minds of the bully and victim - the child, the adolescent and the adult - across a wide range of 'closed' situations including the home, school and workplace, prisons and the armed services. By listening to the voices of bullies and victims from all kinds of backgrounds without making judgements, counsellor Dennis Lines provides unique insights into bullying and what makes such domineering and aggressive behaviour so complex. He discusses controversial issues such as genetic predisposition towards abusive behaviour and draws on his counselling knowledge to provide insights on how to understand and treat bullies to change their behaviour.

The Bullies offers a unique and illustrated perspective on a widespread phenomenon, and will be essential reading for psychologists, sociologists, counsellors, teachers, social workers, probation officers, students and researchers.

Acknowledgements. 1. What is Bullying? 2. Bullying in Nature 3. The Nature-Nurture Influence on Behaviour. 4. Who Bullies? 5. Interpreting Bullying Behaviour. 6. Bullying In School. 7. Domestic Violence and Bullying Partners. 8. Bullying of Children and Young People. 9. Bullying in the Workplace. 10. A Better Way Forward. References. Index

The Author

Dennis Lines holds a BPhil Ed (Counselling) and is MBACP affiliated. He has been a youth leader for 12 years, an RE teacher in secondary school for 11 years, and has for the past 22 years worked as a School Counsellor in a large secondary school in Birmingham. He has published widely and given lectures and conducted workshops on adolescent development and related topics nationally.


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Morals, Rights and Practice in the Human Services - Effective and Fair Decision-Making in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice

Edition: Paperback

Authors: Marie Connolly & Tony Ward

ISBN: 978-1-84310-486-5

Publishers: Jessica Kingsley

Price: £19.99

Publication Date: 2008

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People respond passionately to issues of human rights, partly because they frame our expectations of fair treatment, equity and justice. Increasingly, work within the human services is influenced by rights-based discourses. Knowledge about the nature and scope of human rights and their attendant moral assumptions are essential theoretical resources for human service workers faced with the ethical complexities of daily practice.

Morals, Rights and Practice in the Human Services provides a synthesis of human rights theory and human services practice and offers a rights-based model to aid professional decision-making and practice. Drawing heavily on real-life case examples the book includes chapters on working with specific client groups including offenders, people with intellectual disabilities, immigrants and refugees, and children and families.

This important interdisciplinary resource is an essential tool for professionals working across the human services including those in social care, health and justice settings

Part One: Exploring the Territory. 1. Understanding Human Rights. 2. Human Rights and Culture. 3. Values, Rights and the State. Part Two: Navigating Rights and Practice. 4. Navigating Rights across the Life Course. 5. Losing Rights: Offenders on the Margins. 6. Claiming Rights: Disability and Human Rights. 7. Contesting Rights: Cultural Values and Children's Rights. 8. Respecting Rights: Service-User Rights in Child Welfare. Part Three: Integrating Rights-Based Ideas. 9. Rights-Based Values in Practice Frameworks. 10. Embedding Rights-Based Ideas. 11. Concluding Thoughts. References. Subject index. Author index.


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