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Jessica Kingsley books Reviewed in 2011


Adolescent Neglect, Research, Policy and Practice
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Gwyther Rees, Mike Stein, Leslie Hicks and Sarah Gorin
Part of the Safeguarding Children Across Services series
ISBN: 9781849051040
Publishers: Jessica Kingsley
Price: £17.99
Publication Date: 2011

Publisher's Title Information

Adolescent neglect is a significant problem within child protection, but focus on child neglect and other forms of maltreatment means that it can often be overlooked.
This book outlines how adolescent neglect differs from child neglect, the context of why it is overlooked, how it is defined, the causes and consequences of neglect, young people's views, and what professionals can do. Based on original research, the book establishes an evidence base and considers the implications for policy and practice. The concluding chapter sets out a practice-based framework for recognizing and working with adolescent neglect. Each chapter includes reflection points to stimulate thinking on key issues.
This will be essential reading for all those who work with young people, particularly those in social work, health services and education, as well as academics, policymakers and students in these fields.
Contents
1.The Neglect of Young People in Context. 2. Defining the Neglect of Young People. 3. The Causes and Context of Young People's Neglect. 4. The Consequences of the Neglect of Young People. 5. Young People's Views about Neglect. 6. Whose Business is the Neglect of Young People? 7. Interventions with Neglected Young People. 8. Conclusions. References. Index.

The Authors

Gwyther Rees is Research Director, The Children's Society, UK, and Visiting Associate, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York, UK. His recent research has included a focus on young runaways and child protection issues affecting young people, and his current research focuses on children's well-being.
Mike Stein is Research Professor, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York, UK. He directed the neglected adolescents research project funded under the Safeguarding Children's Research Initiative. He specializes in the problems and challenges faced by young people leaving care, vulnerable adolescents, and young people living on the streets and running away from care.
Leslie Hicks is Reader in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln, UK. She specializes in research in the fields of services for children and adults, child protection and well-being and social exclusion.
Sarah Gorin is Senior Research Officer, NSPCC, UK. Her research interests include child protection, family support, looked after children and the impact of domestic violence and parental substance misuse on children.

Caring for Abused and Neglected Children
Making the Right Decisions for Reunification or Long-Term Care
Part of the Safeguarding Children Across Services series
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Jim Wade, Nina Biehal, Nicola Farrelly and Ian Sinclair
ISBN: 9781849052078
Publishers: Jessica Kingsley
Price: £25.00 / $42.50
Publication Date: 2011

Publisher's Title Information

The decision whether or not to reunify a child in care with their birth family is one of the most serious taken by children's services, and often involves considerable risk.
This book examines the long-term consequences of this decision for children who entered public care for abuse or neglect. It compares the experiences and progress of children who remained in care or returned to their birth families up to four years after the decision was taken. It covers how the decision is made, the factors taken into account when making it and provides important suggestions for effective decision-making. It compares the progress made by the children in relation to their safety, stability and emotional well-being. The book demonstrates that, contrary to common belief, long-term care can be a positive option for maltreated children.
This book provides important messages for reunification policy and practice in relation to maltreated children. It will be essential reading for social work practitioners, researchers and policy makers.

Contents

Introduction. 2. Study Design. 3. The Children's Admission to Care. 4. The Effective Decision: How Children and Parents Were Getting On. 5. How the Effective Decision was Made: Planning and Outcome. 6. How the Effective Decision was Made: Experiences of Parents and Children. 7. Children's Experiences at Home and in Care: The First Six Months. 8. Placements and Stability at Follow-up. 9. Well-Being and Progress at Follow-up. 10. Exploring Well-Being at Follow-up. 11. Case Studies: From Admission to Follow-up. 12. Conclusion. Appendix A. A Global Outcome Measure of Child Well-Being. References. Index.

Reviews

'The decision to return a child home after a period in care couldn't be more critical. If you want a comprehensive, evidence-based exploration of the issues and consequences of these life changing professional decisions, then this is a 'must read'.'
-- John Simmonds, Director of Policy, Research and Development, British Association for Adoption and Fostering

The Authors

Jim Wade is Senior Research Fellow, Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of York, UK.
Nina Biehal is Research Director, SPRU, University of York, UK.
Nicola Farrelly is Research Fellow, University of Central Lancashire, UK.
Ian Sinclair is a research professor in the Social Work Research and Development Unit at The University of York, UK. Here he has been responsible for a large programme of work on children's homes, foster care and movement within the care system.

Part of the Safeguarding Children Across Services

Edited by Carolyn Davies and Harriet Ward
Safeguarding children from abuse is of paramount importance. This series communicates messages for practice from an extensive Government-funded research programme designed to improve early recognition of child abuse and neglect as well as service responses and interventions. The series addresses a range of forms of abuse, including emotional and physical abuse and neglect, and outlines strategies for effective interagency collaboration, successful intervention and best practice. Titles in the series will be essential reading for practitioners with responsibility for safeguarding children.
 
Carolyn Davies is Research Advisor at Thomas Coram Research Unit at Institute of Education, University of London, UK. Harriet Ward is Director of the Centre for Child and Family Research and Research Professor at Loughborough University, UK.


Playing with Fire
Training for Those Working with Young People in Conflict
Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Author: Fiona Macbeth and Nic Fine
With Jo Broadwood, Carey Haslam and Nik Pitcher
ISBN: 978-1-84905-184-2,
Publishers: Jessica Kingsley
Price: £29.99
Publication Date: 2011

Publisher's Title Information

Playing with Fire is a structured manual and training programme to help youth and conflict practitioners work with young people caught up in conflict and violence. All aspects of conflict are covered, from the initial igniting spark to the roaring blaze.
The manual includes ideas and session plans that can be adapted to the needs of a particular group. Sessions include exercises and activities that explore situations of conflict, develop skills to deal with them and rehearse techniques for future use. The training section outlines how to deliver the programme, including how to use role-play and work constructively with conflict in the training room.
This second edition includes new sessions on working with issues of identity and prejudice and working with wider community issues, as well as new exercises and activities. Appendices include alternative session plans and ideas on games and group work exercises. This is a valuable guide for youth practitioners and all those working with young people who face conflict or violence.

Contents

Preface to the Second Edition. Introduction. Preparing the Ground. 1. The Fuel: Ourselves and our Communication. 2. The Spark: Immediate Responses and Coping Mechanisms. 3. Smouldering: Powerlessness and Assertiveness. 4. Fanning the Flames: Anger, Enemies and Awareness. 5. Stoking the Fire: Inequalities and Empowerment. 6. The Blaze: Crisis Management, Recovering and Reparation. 7. Mediation and Action for Change: Towards Community Action. Guidance for Trainers. Games and Group Discussion Techniques. Appendix A: Alternative Session Plans. Appendix B: References. Appendix C: Useful Websites and Further Reading.

Reviews to date

'Too often young people are seen as a problem; in this manual they are accorded respect and valued for their role in being the solution, if properly supported, motivated and trained. The experienced, and expert, team of practitioners from Leap Confronting Conflict has produced a practical toolkit for any practitioner working with young people engaged in, or experiencing, conflict. I would commend Playing with Fire and believe that it should be available in every school, youth work and other workplace where conflict, bullying or violence might affect young people. I have met young people who have participated in the training offered by Leap Confronting Conflict...they provide the best affirmation of the value of both the work of Leap Confronting Conflict and Playing with Fire.' Professor Edward F. Halpin, Professor for Peace Education, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

'In this resource manual Leap invites practitioners/trainers, with group participants, to enter into journeys of discovery and challenge in a carefully constructed and dynamic process of learning. It adds critical dimensions to the original, without losing any of the practical and learner-centred focus of the first edition... This second edition of the much respected and well-used Playing with Fire (1992) comes at a critical time for those working with young people in conflict, and will...be a valuable resource.' Joan McGregor, Peace and Conflict Advisor, Responding to Conflict, UK.

The Author

Fiona Macbeth is currently Teaching Fellow in Applied Drama at the University of Exeter, specialising in training students for work with young people at risk. Nic Fine now lives in South Africa where he is the Director of Hearts of Men, a community mentoring programme working with young men at risk of violence and gang activity. Nic and Fiona developed the first edition of Playing with Fire whilst working for Leap Confronting Conflict. Jo Broadwood is an expert on youth and community conflict, with years of experience in the design and development of programmes for young people at risk and training programmes for practitioners. She was, until 2010, part of the leadership team at Leap. Carey Haslam and Nik Pitcher are both senior trainers at Leap and have many years of experience in the design and delivery of youth and conflict programmes.


Learning Difficulties and Sexual Vulnerability
A Social Approach
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Andrea Hollomotz
ISBN: 978-1-84905-167-5
Publishers: Jessica Kingsley
Price: £19.99, $32.95 US
Publication Date: 2011

Publisher's Title Information

People with learning difficulties are considerably more likely to experience sexual violence than those without, and for this reason they are often described as 'vulnerable'. However, the use of this label can in fact increase risk.
This book argues that the act of treating adults with learning difficulties as 'vulnerable' and in need of protection strips them of their autonomy and leaves them with fewer of the skills which are needed to protect themselves from harm. Actions, such as segregation and over-protection, can increase 'vulnerability'. The author discusses a range of social processes, including sex education, self-determination, friendships, sexual relationships and social inclusion, and examines the risks and benefits associated with each. Drawing on the everyday experiences of 29 adults, the author illustrates how people with learning difficulties can be capable of safeguarding themselves from harm, and makes a range of suggestions for enabling them to become better equipped at managing risk themselves.
This is an essential book for practitioners working with people with learning difficulties, as well as students and academics in the fields of disability and social work.

Content

Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction. 2. Developing an Alternative Approach to Risk. 3. Sexuality. 4. Risk Creation in Everyday Life. 5. Resistance and Self-Determination. 6. Conclusion. References. Index.

The Author

Andrea Hollomotz is Lecturer in Social Policy at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Her particular interest in the subject area at hand arose from her experiences of conducting adult protection work in the field.


A Practical Guide to Working with Reluctant Clients in Health and Social Care
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Maggie Kindred
ISBN: 978-1-84905-102-6
Publishers: Jessica Kinglsley
Price: £16.99
Publication Date: 2010
 

Publisher's Title Information

Practitioners in health and social care are often required to work with clients who do not want to work with them, and these 'reluctant' clients can often be the most challenging, but most rewarding, to work with.

This practical, jargon-free book covers all the issues that practitioners are likely to encounter in the course of working with reluctant clients. The emphasis is on making theory easy to use, and the book is written in an easily digestible and lively style. Topics covered include staying safe, verbal and non-verbal communication, making initial contact with a client, crisis situations, recording, and how to end work with a client. Activities to work through are included at the end of each topic and illustrations feature throughout.
This is an essential book for students, practitioners, voluntary sector workers and trainers in the fields of health, social care and social work.

Contents

1. Starting Points. 2. Your Philosophy. 3. Helping Others. 4. Messages. 5. Power. 6. Non-verbal Communication. 7. Dress. 8. Rights. 9. Staying Safe. 10. Making Contact with Clients. 11. Contracts. 12. Recording. 13. Methods of Helping Suited to the Reluctant Client. 14. Good Endings. 15. Rewards. References. Index.

Reviews to Date

'This book…steps outside the mainstream and in so doing offers us nuggets of informed practice wisdom… It has an excellent chapter on non-verbal communication that should be essential reading for all staff as it reminds us of the process as well as the spoken word. Another strength is the use of practical examples that can be used for training as well as personal development work including supervision.' - Martin Calder, Calder Training and Consultancy, UK

'This practical and very readable guide will be of great use to all those working with reluctant clients in health and social care. It covers a broad range of issues and offers sound advice which can easily be put into practice. I highly recommend it.' - Chris Trotter, Associate Professor in Social Work, Monash University, Australia, and author of 'Working with Involuntary Clients: A Guide to Practice'.


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