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Textbooks

Education is at the heart of our mission to make a difference. Our goal is to support students’ learning with materials that foster understanding, confidence and skills.

We have a diverse and growing programme of textbooks and learning resources that are designed for Social Science courses at university and college level. We take pride in publishing quality content at affordable prices, and we cater to a wide range of learning styles in print and digital formats.

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Police Occupational Culture

Research and Practice

At a time of close scrutiny of police culture, this is a thorough and accessible study of its impacts on both practitioners and the people they serve. Tom Cockcroft’s evidence-based approach contextualises our understanding of police culture in relation to both contemporary police agendas and wider social change.

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Doing Your Research Project with Documents

A Step-by-step Guide to Take You from Start to Finish

Encouraging critical consideration of research design, the book guides readers step-by-step through the process of planning and undertaking a research project based on documentary analysis. It covers selecting a research topic and sample through to analysing and writing up the data.

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How to Use Social Work Theory in Practice

An Essential Guide

In this clear and systematic book covering the both general practice concepts and theoretical insights, best-selling author Malcolm Payne shows you how to work with the main social work theories and practice techniques and pinpoint their strengths and limitations.

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The Well-Connected Community

A Networking Approach to Community Development

There is a growing recognition of the importance of networking for the vitality and cohesion of community life. Now in its third edition, and substantially updated, this textbook combines practical experience and theory for people working with and for communities.

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Direct Payments and Personal Budgets

Putting Personalisation into Practice

This third edition of the leading textbook on personalisation considers key policy changes since 2009 and new research into the extension and outcomes of personal budgets. It is essential reading for students, practitioners and policy makers in social work and community care services.

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The idea of poverty

Making a committed argument for a participative, inclusive understanding of the term, Paul Spicker examines views about what poverty is and what should be done about it.

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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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Social work

Making a difference

This book explores what social work is. Structured around the framework of the National Occupational Standards for social work, the book examines how social work can make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities, and argues that to really make a difference it is necessary to think outside the box.

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Youth justice in practice

Making a difference

This book examines youth justice in a UK and international context, highlighting the challenge facing all jurisdictions in balancing welfare and justice. It explores the impact of political ideas and influences on the structural and practical challenges of delivering youth justice.

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Social work and multi-agency working

Making a difference

Edited by Kate Morris

The book is unique in drawing together contributors from a range of different disciplines to consider the issues and challenges involved for social work practice in multi agency working.

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Religion, belief and social work

Making a difference

This book examines how religion and related beliefs have varied impacts on the needs and perceptions of practitioners, service users, and the support networks available to them.

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