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We take a look at some of the latest social work textbooks. For your chance to win these fabulous books, make sure you enter our free prize giveaway

Observing Children and Families. Beyond the surface

Gill Butler
Critical Publishing, (, £17.99

Combining a mix of theory with practical activities, this book is ideal for social workers looking to understand a child’s perspective. The book will not only teach readers how to improve their observational skills, but it will help social workers develop new approaches for observation and understand how they can make sense of what they have seen.

Social Media in Social Work Education

Edited by Joanne Westwood
Critical Publishing, (, £19.99

Social media and new technologies have changed the ways in which we learn new information and communicate with peers. Cleverly edited by Joanne Westwood, this book offers readers some advice as to how social media can contribute to student learning as well as social work practice. Each chapter also explores how professional boundaries can be maintained in an online world.

Writing Analytical Assessments in Social Work

Chris Dyke
Critical Publishing, (, £19.99

This book is a perfect resource for those needing a little support when writing reports and assessments. Designed to be a step-by-step guide, you will learn how to analyse, how to improve your report structure and how to complete your report quickly. The book is full of clear examples and scenarios to provide a comprehensive yet practical toolkit for any social work team.

Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System: a social work perspective

Ian Cummings
Critical Publishing, (, £19.99

Written by a senior social work lecturer at the University of Salford, Ian Cummings focuses this book upon the growing issue of mental health provision within the criminal justice system. Cummings looks at the wider role of social work and how it has a key role to play in supporting those in need. Readers can expect thorough research, in a clear, easy-to read style.

Values in Health and Social Care: An introductory workbook

Ray Samuriwo, Ben Hannigan, Stephen Pattison, Andrew Todd
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (, £19.99

This practical workbook has been designed to help readers understand how to maintain values – with specific references to personal, professional and organisational values. Primarily aimed towards social work students and NQSWs, it can also be used by those new to senior positions who need to understand the nature and influence of strong social work values. Each chapter features practical activities which reiterate the theoretical learning.

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Thank you to Jessica Kingsley Publishers and Critical Publishing for generously providing these text books.
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