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Key Thinkers in Childhood Studies

This book presents the perspectives of 22 leading figures involved in shaping the field of Childhood Studies over the last 30 years. They reflect on the changes that have taken place in the study of children and childhood, discuss ideas underpinning the field, examine current dilemmas and explore challenges for the future.

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Local Childhoods, Global Issues

This interdisciplinary textbook examines children's lives across the world, acknowledging the great differences as well as points of comparison, between childhoods in different contexts.

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Making policy in theory and practice

Edited by Hugh Bochel and Sue Duncan

Set in the context of New Labour's emphasis on 'modernisation', and reflecting the growing emphasis on policy making as a skill, this unique book combines both academic and practitioner perspectives to provide critical consideration of contemporary policy-making and highlight examples of good practice at all levels of government.

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Making sense of Every Child Matters

Multi-professional practice guidance

Edited by Richard Barker

This book considers the implications for practice of the 'Every Child Matters' (ECM) agenda for working with children, analysing the key issues from the perspective of the different professions that make up the 'new children's workforce'.

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Making the Most of Your Research Journal

Providing practical guidance based on real-life examples, this book shows researchers different forms and ways of keeping a research journal and how to get the most out of journaling. Giving researchers licence to do things differently, the book encourages and enables readers to develop their own sense of researcher identity and voice.

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Managing and Leading in Inter-Agency Settings

A robust guide for students to the leadership and management of inter-agency collaborative endeavours. It summarises recent trends in policy and uses international evidence to set out useful frameworks and approaches.

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Managing Community Practice

Principles, Policies and Programmes

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Managing the Research Process

A Time-Saving Guide

In reality, people need to fit research in with all their other commitments. This e-book is full of practical hints and tips to show you how to manage research alongside work, family, and social life.

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Miscarriages of Justice

Causes, Consequences and Remedies

It is crucial for criminal justice practitioners to understand miscarriages of justice. This text provides an up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of miscarriages of justice, highlighting difficulties in defining them, examining their dimensions, forms, scale and impact and exploring key cases and their causes.

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Modernising social work

Critical considerations

Edited by John Harris and Vicky White

New Labour's modernisation agenda has produced an avalanche of change that has posed formidable challenges for everyone involved in social work, whether as service users, practitioners or managers. "Modernising Social Work" provides a radical appraisal of the far-reaching changes in their theoretical, historical and policy contexts.

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Multi-Agency Working in Criminal Justice

Theory, Policy and Practice

Fully revised and expanded to encompass the most up-to-date theory, policy and practice, this comprehensive text considers the different aspects of multi-agency working within criminal justice, bringing together probation, policing, prison, social work, criminological and organizational studies perspectives.

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Narrative Social Work

Theory and Application

This is the first book to extend the narrative lens to explore the contribution of narrative to social work values and ethics, social policy and our understanding of the self in social, cultural and political context.

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