Our guides section is designed to give you up-to-date, practical guidance to support the decisions you make in everyday practice.

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In this section you will find our uniquely-commissioned reference manuals and guides to a wide range of practice-related topics (our guide to… series).

Reference manuals: Each reference manual provides you with an authoritative document containing highly relevant information about issues such as child neglect; parents with mental health problems; fabricated and induced illness; physical abuse; and substance misuse.

Whatever the subject, each one will contain:

  • An introduction to the subject;
  • Descriptions of key legislation and guidance;
  • An explanation of the role of the social worker;
  • Discussion of emerging ideas around good practice; and
  • A host of links to relevant research, publications and reports.

Written in user-friendly, straightforward language by nationally-respected experts, reference manuals are kept up to date by their authors, and amended as policy changes.

Guide to… series: These guides have been developed to give you access, at your fingertips, to expert-written information across a huge range of topics related to, and complementing, our reference manuals; research; legal; and practice content.

There are more than 350 guides on the site covering topics including:

  • Child abuse and child protection
  • Autism and learning-disabled children
  • Child development
  • Mental health conditions and the impact on parenting
  • Assessing risk
  • Preparing for court

If you can’t find the information you are looking for, or you would like to suggest a topic for a new guide, e-mail us at Helpdesk with more detail and we will do our best to help you with your query.

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