Communicating with Children and Young People: Making a Difference

Communicating with Children and Young People: Making a Difference

Paperback Social Work in Practice (Paperback)

By (author) Michelle Lefevre


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  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 236mm x 14mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Bristol
  • ISBN 10: 1847422829
  • ISBN 13: 9781847422828
  • Sales rank: 369,910

Product description

Direct practice with children and young people has moved to centre stage in policy and practice within Children' Services. It is now recognised that if they are to make a real difference to their lives, practitioners must be able to engage, relate to, and communicate with children and young people themselves. Written by an experienced practitioner and educator, this timely textbook equips student social workers and other practitioners wishing to update their learning with the knowledge and capabilities needed for effective practice. Key skills, such as how to form relationships, understand non-verbal communication, break bad news, and communicate within family groupings, are explored within the context of professional roles and tasks such as assessment, involving young people in decision-making and planning, and work with children in care. The book uses a problem-based learning approach underpinned by theoretical frameworks, research findings and the voices of children and young people. Practice vignettes encourage readers to consider how these skills can be used within a range of practice contexts, tailoring communication to children and young people's specific needs and experiences.

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Author information

Michelle Lefevre is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Sussex and has extensive experience of working as a social worker and arts psychotherapist with children and young people. She is the co-editor of the BAAF anthology 'Direct Work', her doctoral research considers how best to teach social workers how to communicate with children, and she has co-authored a Knowledge Review for SCIE on this topic.

Review quote

"This is one of the best texts on this subject to emerge in recent years - well written, scholarly with practice accounts that draw on Michelle Lefevre's direct experience. An essential text for all practitioners who encounter children and young people in their work." Pam Trevithick, University of Bristol "This highly readable book makes a valuable contribution to an important but undeveloped area of practice. It combines theoretical perspectives on the dynamics of communication with children with opportunities for application, reflection and evaluation of one's own practice." Karen Tanner, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Social Work, Tavistock Clinic

Table of contents

Setting the scene; The importance of effective communication between children and young people and their social workers; Children and young people's views on what counts as effective communication with them; Some theoretical perspectives on the nature of communication; Communicative capability and how it might be achieved; Appraising your capabilities and learning needs in communication with children and young people; Getting the context right for communication; Communication skills for assessments; Observing children and making sense of their play and behaviour; Communicating with children through play, activities and the expressive arts; Communication as the heart of social work.