Introduction: working with families and children

  • David Howe
  • Marian Brandon
  • Diana Hinings
  • Gillian Schofield
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Abstract

Child and family social work has always faced practitioners with situations that are intellectually and practically challenging. Work with children and their carers has to tap deep into questions about human growth and behaviour, personality development and social conduct. Asking social workers to help parents and intervene in the lives of families implies a commitment to improving the psychosocial wellbeing of many of society’s most vulnerable people. But this responsibility requires social workers, and allied professionals, to know and understand two important things: what it is to function well as a psychosocial being, and what experiences contribute to the achievement or otherwise of this healthy and competent state.

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© David Howe, Marian Brandon, Diana Hinings and Gillian Schofield 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Howe
    • 1
  • Marian Brandon
    • 1
  • Diana Hinings
    • 1
  • Gillian Schofield
    • 1
  1. 1.University of East AngliaNorwichUK

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