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New Books by Social Work Staff

The first few months of 2013 bring a trio of new books from staff in Social Work at Edinburgh

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In addition to Viv Cree's new book that we announced earlier in the year, both Gary Clapton and Mark Smith have new titles in publication.

In 'Social Work with Fathers - Positive Practice' (Dunedin) - Gary Clapton proposes a father sensitive, father aware social work practice and suggests that that any social care system that adopts a default position that child care is the responsibility of women alone is hampered by its failure to acknowledge the positive potential of fathers.

The arguments advanced in this book concentrate on children and family practice but do not neglect the importance of fatherhood in social work with vulnerable adults, fathers as carers, or in the criminal justice system.

Mark Smith's book, written with Leon Fulcher and Peter Doran, - 'Residential Child Care in Practice: Making a Difference' (Policy Press) - takes as its starting point the fact that residential child care involves workers and children sharing a common lifespace, in which the quality of interpersonal relationships is key.

Each chapter highlights relevant policy guidance and is developed around a practice scenario, discussing key knowledge skills and values relating to its theme.  The book draws on ideas from child and youth care and social pedagogic traditions and will appeal to a worldwide audience and provides a valuable addition to the emerging literature around social pedagogy.

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