© 2016

Clinical Practice at the Edge of Care

Developments in Working with At-Risk Children and their Families

  • Laura Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Laura Smith
    Pages 1-7
  3. Heleni-Georgia Andreadi, Laura Smith
    Pages 9-27
  4. Jeremy Greenwood
    Pages 29-47
  5. Laura Smith
    Pages 49-78
  6. Abel Fagin
    Pages 79-102
  7. Pamela Parker
    Pages 103-127
  8. Stella Christofides
    Pages 129-151
  9. Andrea Shortland
    Pages 153-174
  10. Elizabeth Mensah, Heleni-Georgia Andreadi
    Pages 175-196
  11. Caroline Pipe
    Pages 229-248
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 249-255

About this book


This book brings together psychological and psychotherapeutic contributions in clinical practice with at-risk children and their families Chapters by experts working in a range of edge-of-care settings give an essential account of real-world clinical challenges and dilemmas; whilst drawing on relevant theory and the growing evidence base for edge of care work with children and families. This title will be of interest to both clinical and social work practitioners, those commissioning and developing best practice in edge of care services, scholars and students of Clinical Psychology, Systemic Psychotherapy and related disciplines.


Clinical psychology Psychotherapy Counselling Social Care Mental Health Family Therapy Child Psychology Social Work Child abuse Trauma Clinical interventions

Editors and affiliations

  • Laura Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.LondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Dr Laura Smith is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is Clinical Lead for the integrated CAMHS within Hackney Children and Young People’s Services and specialises in the development, supervision and delivery of clinical support to children and families with complex psycho-social difficulties.

Bibliographic information


“This book … combines progressive research and practice designed to revolutionise how we support children and families, either through preventing child care proceedings, or by helping them navigate a complex child protection process. The authors' collective experience, underpinned by compassion and a clear understanding of the impacts of intergenerational trauma on development and family functioning, leads the way to a more compassionate, integrative and individualised approach to helping those children and families who live on the edge.” (Arlene Vetere, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey, UK)

“This book provides a superb overview of some of the most recent advances in knowledge across the fields of research, theory and applied clinical practice with children at the edge of care. It is compulsive reading and should be a core text for all practitioners working with this clinical group.” (Jane Barlow, Professor of Evidence-Based Intervention and Policy Evaluation, University of Oxford, UK)