• A-Z of attachment

      Wilkins, David; Shemmings, David; Shemmings, Yvonne (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015-07)
    • The adoption of children from public care: a prospective study of outcome in adolescence

      Dance, Cherilyn; Rushton, Alan; King's College, London; University of Luton (Williams & Wilkins, 2006)
      OBJECTIVE: To discover the outcomes for children placed late for adoption (between 5 and 11 years old) from public care and to establish which factors predict poorer outcome. METHOD: Data were collected prospectively (1993-2003) from a representative sample of domestic U.K. adoptive placements (N = 108) at the start of placement, at 1 year, and 6 years later. Most of the children entered care because of abuse and neglect. Outcome was assessed by the disruption rate, by a twofold classification of the character of continuing placements, and by an assessment of psychological well-being. RESULTS: At the adolescent follow-up, 23% of placements had disrupted, 49% were continuing positively, and 28% were continuing but with substantial ongoing difficulties. Four factors contributed independently to a higher risk of disruption: older age at placement (odds ratio = 1.07), having been singled out from siblings and rejected (5.87), time in care (1.04), and a high level of behavioral problems (1.25). Two factors predicted differences in continuing placements. CONCLUSIONS: Late adoption can be successful in that half the children made good progress, but the extent of disruptions and difficulties in continuing placements gives rise to concern. Knowledge of predictors will help in devising planning pre- and postplacement support services.
    • After MacPherson : policing after the Stephen Lawrence inquiry

      Loveday, Barry; Marlow, Alan (Russell House Publishing, 2000)
    • Beyond evidence-based policy and practice

      Fisher, Mike; University of Bedfordshire (PKP Publishing Services Network, 2013-01-01)
      This paper concerns the impact of social work research, particularly on practice and practitioners. It explores the politics of research and how this affects practice, the way that universitybased research understands practice, and some recent developments in establishing practice research as an integral and permanent part of the research landscape. While focusing on implications for the UK, it draws on developments in research across Europe, North America and Australasia to explore how we can improve the relationship between research and practice.
    • Beyond the spoken word

      Simon, Gail (Karnac Books, 2014-04)
    • Caring in a crisis: the contribution of social care to emergency response and recovery

      Child, Camilla; Clay, Daniel; Warrington, Camille; Das, Julie (2009-07)
    • Citizen response policing: an evaluation of a local initiative

      Marlow, Alan; Pitts, John; Miller, Ralph; University of Bedfordshire (Pavilion, 2007)
      Locally based policing - involving co-operation with local residents and agencies, is a key requirement of the government's police reform agenda. This article reports the findings of an evaluation of one such initiative that involved residents in determining policing strategy on two urban housing estates. On one estate there were positive outcomes, but there was little change in the other. This appeared to be related to the range of skills possessed by the officers on the two sites.
    • Constructing resilience: social workers’ understandings and practice

      McMurray, Isabella; Connolly, Helen; Preston-Shoot, Michael; Wigley, Veronica (2012-05-21)
    • Contracts in social work

      Corden, John; Preston-Shoot, Michael; University of Bedfordshire (Gower Pub. Co., 1987)
    • Counselling

      Cosis-Brown, Helen (Macmillan, 2000)
    • Counselling

      Cosis-Brown, Helen (Palgrave Macmillan, 1998)
    • The dispersal and social exclusion of asylum seekers: between liminality and belonging

      Hynes, Patricia (Policy Press, 2011)
      Establishing asylum seekers in the UK as a socially excluded group, this book provides readers with an understanding of how they experience the dispersal system and gives an insight into how this impacts on their lives
    • Dispersal of asylum seekers and processes of social exclusion in England

      Hynes, Patricia (A thesis submitted to Middlesex University in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy., 2006)
      This thesis investigates the compulsory dispersal of asylum seekers introduced following the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999. This policy was formulated in an environment of mistrust towards asylum seekers had an explicit deterrence element and was the first time refugees without secure status were dispersed across the UK. This thesis examines the formal and informal social exclusion inherent in this system and the specific impacts on the ability of asylum seekers to access services and maintain or create social networks. These were investigated in order to explore the sense of 'belonging', 'inclusion' and longer term effects on the process of resettlement for those awarded refugee status. The main methods used were qualitative combined with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software to provide a spatial analysis of dispersal. Field research carried out between November 2002 and February 2005 consisted of in-depth interviews, focus groups and participant observation with asylum seekers, refugees and key informants in three dispersal locations. Interviews were also conducted with policy makers and other key informants in London. A range of published and unpublished secondary sources have been utilised. A key finding was that multiple forms of social exclusion of asylum seekers exist. These different forms relate to the declining entitlements of asylum seekers as well as the geography, structure and process of the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) system. A significant relationship between dispersalocations and areas of deprivation combined with the tensions of the structure and process of implementing dispersal results in a system that maintains asylum seekers in a state of limbo or liminality. It was found that the system offers limited space available for the restoration of social trust and virtually no space for the restoration of political or institutional trust. It is concluded that the primary lens for understanding the experiences of social exclusion of asylum seekers throughout dispersal is policy-imposed liminality and that resistance to liminality is the way in which asylum seekers begin to acquire a sense of 'belonging' or 'inclusion'.
    • ‘Dutty Babylon’: policing Black communities and the politics of resistance

      Palmer, Suzella (Taylor and Francis, 2012)
      The tensions that currently exist between the police and black communities are not recent phenomena. Since the 1950s, successive generations of black people in Britain have felt under protected as victims and over policed as suspects. Although it can be argued that the apparent over policing of black communities can be justified as a response to the disproportionate involvement of black males in particular forms of criminality, what cannot be ignored is that racism, whether institutional or that of individual officers, has played a central role in shaping the relationship that black people have with the police.
    • Educating social workers in a changing policy context

      Jackson, Sonia; Preston-Shoot, Michael (Whiting and Birch, 1996)
    • Effective group work

      Preston-Shoot, Michael (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)
      Effective Groupwork' is an introduction to the values, knowledge and skills required for working with different groups in a variety of social work and social care settings. This new edition includes new chapters on embedding social work into practice and on the changing social policy contest in which group work takes place.
    • Effective groupwork

      Preston-Shoot, Michael (MacMillan Ed., 1987)
    • Effective management

      Marshall, Mary; Preston-Shoot, Michael; Wincott, Elizabeth (British Association of Social Workers, 1991)
      "The papers in this book originate from presentations given at a summer school on "Effective management" organised by the British Association of Social Workers in 1988."
    • Empowering practice in social care

      Braye, Suzy; Preston-Shoot, Michael; University of Bedfordshire (Open University Press, 1995)
      In answer to popular demand from students and practitioners alike, Braye and Preston-Shoot have produced a guide to understanding the complex area of community care. What are the core components of the Government's community care policy? What do terms like partnership, anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice mean? This book provides a simple exposition of the concepts and value-base underpinning community care policy and practice. Written in a jargon-free style, it goes beyond the how-to approach of much of the existing social care literature and examines the principles and values on which professionals involved in welfare provision base their work. It addresses issues of power and partnership in professional practice and identifies dilemmas arising from the relationship between Needs, Rights and Resources, between Autonomy, Paternalism and Empowerment. It tackles the choices and uncertainties faced by those making decisions about service provision, and offers survival strategies to professionals under stress.