Social Work and Human Development
- Janet Walker - University of Lincoln, UK
- Nigel Horner - Lincoln University
Social work engages with people across the life course, and social workers are expected to work with groups of people at very different stages of their life. Developing a thorough understanding of human growth to encompass the whole of the life course is therefore a central part of all qualifying social work training and practice.
A clear favourite among students and lecturers, this bestselling book introduces the main theoretical models in a clear and accessible way before applying them to various stages of the life course. From infants to older adults, the author uses case studies and practice examples to bring social work methods, skills and principles to life.
I used this book when preparing lectures and the material proved useful. It was useful that it is mapped to the PCFs in social work.
Much like all the other books from this range, this is another essential one for reading. The case studies are brilliant, clear links to practice and maps across to the PCF making it really useful to ensure Learning Outcomes are met. A firm favourite in the classroom and on my bookshelf.
This is a good companion text for students studying life course development. Whilst not as comprehensive as Beckett's book, it does however provide better practical insights on social work practice. Chapters are usefully divided over the different life course stages so that learners can focus on what they need rather than having to rely on the index.