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A great 'how to do it' tool.
on 2 September 2012
As a team manager for a social work team, I think this is a great book that I will use with unqualified, student and newly qualified social workers who are undertaking ALL home visits. Although this book is specifically written for 'child protection' home visits, I think it is relevant for all home visits - as a 'child in need' home visit could lead to the case being a child protection one.
This is an easy book to read and easy to dip in and out of. I like the check-lists and think that often experienced social workers need to be reminded of these. I loved the practice examples and related to many of them, recalling visits from the past that I thought I had forgotten.
This book really highlights how important multi-agency working is and how for social workers the police are a great ally (even if we have to keep them hidden in the background 'just in case'). I would like the author to have included in the section on joint working how this can enable social workers to learn from each other, observing different methods of dealing with difficult situations. I am not sure about having one worker watching the car whilst the other was doing the intervention - I think that perhaps this could have been tackled differently.
I also like the way the author addresses the issue of verbal abuse and threats that social workers are exposed to on a regular basis. She recognises that this is an occupational hazard and the importance of team support. This area of the work is not going to change and social workers need to be resilient in order to manage it.
Overall, a great resource that I predict will become my new bible.