The importance of developing social work practice in order that children, young people, and their families and carers experience integrated services that are more responsive, and result in earlier and more effective support, is widely acknowledged. This engaging text draws on current government guidance and policy, contemporary research and relevant literature to provide a strong foundation for high quality practice. Social Work with Children and Young People, their Families and Carers provides an up-to-date introduction to the knowledge, values and skills underpinning practice in this area. Taking into account the recent recommendations of the UK Social Work Taskforce, topics discussed include: * Assessment frameworks * Risk analysis * Communication skills * Managing conflict and hostility * Children's rights and service user participation * Child protection * Interprofessional working. User-friendly and accessible, the book provides diagrams, flow-charts, case studies and activities to highlight learning points, and summarise key information and research.With a strong emphasis on the application of knowledge to everyday professional practice, this is an ideal text for social work students studying practice with children and families or newly qualified social workers employed in this area.