Ray Jones, Professor of Social Work, Kingston University and St George's, University of London
All who have roles and responsibilities in working with children should find this book illuminating and inspiring. It is informed by substantial practical experience and wisdom and confronts and clarifies the challenges in child protection. It is grounded in advice on action whilst also enhancing knowledge and understanding. This is an important text.
Anthony Douglas CBE, Chief Executive of Cafcass and Chair of BAAF
This book goes to the heart of social work practice and stays there throughout. Through the use of a large number of relevant and focused case examples, Joanna Nicolas shows how child protection work can be effective even in the most disturbing and distressing circumstances. This upbeat and strengths-based book is a manual for our times and will help students and practitioners to navigate the messy, uneven and murky terrain of child protection.
David Shemmings OBE PhD, Professor of Child Protection Research, University of Kent
Joanna Nicolas opens up for discussion many of the complex dilemmas faced by child protection professionals: the quandaries, ethical minefields, tight spots and the occasional catch-22. She nails her own colours to the mast throughout, and by drawing regularly upon authentic 'real-world' examples Joanna invites practitioners to explore, expose and defend their own personal and professional values when working in the complex emotional area of child protection.