Professional Social Work
I found the book a thoroughly stimulating and thought-provoking campanion to read alongside one's own agency's vision for change. It helps to understand the why and where of change, when you are one of the many who have to 'engage' and assist in the design and delivery of that vision.
Child and Family Social Work
The book's theme of seeing change as an opportunity rather than a threat is refreshing and observations about what changes might lie ahead are particularly helpful.
Children & Society
This edited collection provides the reader with real-life material gained from the contributors' varied experiences of working with children and families across a range of settings... I would recommend this balanced and informative collection to all those with a professional interest in the development of children's services'.
Children & Society
The book is successful in its attempt to analyse some of the changes which have occurred within children's services in recent years, and to show how these changes represent a positive opportunity to improve services. I would recommend this balanced and informative collection to all those with a professional interest in the development of children's services
Young Minds Magazine
Any social work book that opens with reference to a Turner painting is worth pursuing and this one certainly fulfils its promise. A great deal of change has affected children's services since 1997 and this book sets out the response of one local authority- Warwickshire- to the government's "modernization" programme for children's services... Chapters are written mainly by managers and practitioners in the county and highlight a range of service developments and some imaginative initiatives... The gap at present in service development is often about practice and it is, therefore, encouraging to read thoughtful and stimulating accounts by practitioners themselves about their work. The evidence based practice movement needs a better balance between practitioners writing about and using research, not just researchers observing practice. This book should appeal to a wide social work and related audience'.