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With an emphasis on professional expectations, values and practice skills such as building trust, listening and advocacy, this textbook helps enable social workers base their practice with children and young people on a truly child-centred model. Drawing on contemporary knowledge about childhood and children’s rights, it provides a critical understanding of the theoretical and legal basis for child-centred practice, and examines the dilemmas faced by professionals in maintaining their focus on promoting children and young people's participation in decision-making.

Child-Centred Social Work is essential reading for students and professionals, helping the reader understand what we can learn from the tragic deaths of children such as ‘Baby P’ and Victoria Climbié, and from children and young people in care who need their voices heard.

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Background to child-centred practice

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1. Child-Centred Practice: The Context

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2. Perspectives on Children and Childhood

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3. Children’s Rights and Child-Centred Practice

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Developing skills in child-centred practice

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4. Communicating and Developing Relationships with Children and Young People

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5. Empowerment, Participation and Advocacy Skills

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6. Breaking Down the Barriers?

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Specific fields of child-centred practice

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7. Child Protection and Safeguarding

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8. Children and Young People Who are Looked After

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