The Post-Qualifying Handbook for Social Workers

by Robert Adams, Linda de Chenu, Lesley Duggan, Ian Duncan, Lee Brogatski, Malcolm Payne, James Reid, Mary Rayner, Michael Preston-Shoot, Terry Murphy, David Nulty, Brian Littlechild, Nigel Leech, Martin J. Leveridge, Jo Levie, Maire Maisch, Maggie Jackson, Jackie Gilchrist, Denis Hart, Joy Trotter, Wade Tovey, Paula Sobiechowska, Mike Wren

This handbook provides guidance for all practising social work professionals, and the staff who support them, on the post-qualifying (PQ) framework for social workers. The book introduces the framework and outlines how post-qualification accreditation and professional registration affect social workers.

Covering the theory and practice of social work, the Handbook provides a set of tools and resources that enable social workers to develop their practice while coping with the demands of operational duties. The book looks at working with a range of service user groups such as children, people with learning disabilities and young offenders, as well as examining common issues that social workers may encounter, such as inter-agency work, and issues such as loss and participation. Tackling the increased post-qualification training necessitated by the new framework, this handbook contains resources and materials to help practitioners continue their own professional development.

This definitive guide is an invaluable resource for all practising qualified social workers, students and trainers, and educators.

Consultant editor: Robert Adams is Professor of Social Work in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Teesside, UK.


  • Jessica Kingsley Publishers; July 2007
  • ISBN: 9781846426704
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  • Title: The Post-Qualifying Handbook for Social Workers
  • Author: Robert Adams (contrib.); Linda de Chenu (contrib.); Lesley Duggan (contrib.); Ian Duncan (contrib.); Lee Brogatski (contrib.); Malcolm Payne (contrib.); James Reid (contrib.); Mary Rayner (contrib.); Michael Preston-Shoot (contrib.); Terry Murphy (contrib.); David Nulty (contrib.); Brian Littlechild (contrib.); Nigel Leech (contrib.); Martin J. Leveridge (contrib.); Jo Levie (contrib.); Maire Maisch (contrib.); Maggie Jackson (contrib.); Jackie Gilchrist (contrib.); Denis Hart (contrib.); Joy Trotter (contrib.); Wade Tovey (ed.); Paula Sobiechowska (contrib.); Mike Wren (contrib.)
  • Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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At a time when many busy social workers in the UK, and other states struggle to keep ahead of practice trends and service demands; the book offers to assist their understanding and advance practice methods. The Post-Qualifying Handbook for Social Workers is a solid, reliable contribution which has value for those already practising as social workers and those - students - preparing for it.