Social Work and Social Welfare

Welcome to the Routledge Social Work and Social Welfare catalogue. This catalogue contains details of new and forthcoming titles in the field of social work and social welfare, and is easily navigated by clicking on the section headings in the column on the left.

The textbook and research titles listed in the catalogue cover a wide range of key areas in social work such as child protection, youth studies, working with families, mental health, bereavement and management.

This catalogue represents a small selection of our social work list, to see the full range, please visit www.routledge.com/socialwork.


  1. Becoming a Social Worker

    Global Narratives, 2nd Edition

    Edited by Viviene E. Cree

    Series: Student Social Work

    This is a book about social workers and social work. It tells the story of the journey into and through social work of people from around the world living and working in social work today. We hear what has brought them into social work and what has kept them in it since. Their lively accounts...

    Published January 15th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Environmental Social Work

    Edited by Mel Gray, John Coates, Tiani Hetherington

    Social work has been late to engage with the environmental movement. Often working with an exclusively social understanding of environment, much of the social work profession has overlooked the importance of environmental issues. However, recently, the impact of and worldwide attention to climate...

    Published October 4th 2012 by Routledge

  3. From Birth to Sixteen

    Children's Health, Social, Emotional and Linguistic Development

    By Helen Cowie

    From Birth to Sixteen outlines children’s physical, social, emotional, and language development from infancy through to adolescence. In both its practical application of research and its contribution to the assessment of child development, this text provides essential reading for those studying...

    Published February 1st 2012 by Routledge

  4. The Essence of Play

    A Practice Companion for Professionals Working with Children and Young People

    By Justine Howard, Karen McInnes

    A unique companion to professional play practice! All play professionals are united in their belief that play is important for children’s development – and there are inherent characteristics of play that underpin professional play practice across contexts. Providing an overarching concept of play,...

    Published January 10th 2013 by Routledge

  5. A Pocket Guide to Risk Assessment and Management in Mental Health

    By Chris Hart

    Risk assessment and risk management are top of every mental health trust’s agenda. This concise and easy-to-read book provides an informative and practical guide to the process of undertaking a risk assessment, arriving at a formulation and then developing a risk management plan. Covering...

    Published February 13th 2014 by Routledge

  6. Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies

    Edited by Nick Watson, Alan Roulstone, Carol Thomas

    The Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies takes a multidisciplinary approach to disability and provides an authoritative and up-to-date overview of the main issues in the field around the world today. Adopting an international perspective and consisting entirely of newly commissioned chapters...

    Published February 1st 2012 by Routledge

  7. Skills in Neighbourhood Work

    4th Edition

    By Paul Henderson, David N. Thomas

    Skills in Neighbourhood Work is a practice textbook. It explains the skills, knowledge and techniques needed by community workers and other practitioners to work effectively in and with communities. While the principles and methods it describes have stood the test of time, the political, economic...

    Published November 8th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Key Themes in Social Policy

    By Patricia Kennedy

    Key Themes in Social Policy provides an accessible and authoritative introduction to the key concepts used in social policy, from autonomy to wellbeing. With over 100 ideas discussed, this is a comprehensive student guide and is designed to help readers to gain a deeper understanding of major...

    Published February 14th 2013 by Routledge

  9. When Parents Die

    Learning to Live with the Loss of a Parent, 3rd Edition

    By Rebecca Abrams

    The death of a parent marks an emotional and psychological watershed in a person's life. For children and teenagers, the loss of a parent if not handled sensitively can be a lasting trauma, and for adults too, a parent's death can be a tremendous blow. When Parents Die speaks to bereaved children...

    Published December 5th 2012 by Routledge