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Leeds Trinity lecturer launches book for social work practitioners

Posted on 21 December 2018

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​A Leeds Trinity University lecturer has launched her first book to help practitioners working with children, young people and families.

Mary Shannon, Senior Lecturer in Children, Young People and Families at Leeds Trinity University, has launched her book Family Support for Social Care Practitioners, which provides social-work practice tips, and links between practice, theory, and research.

The book, which is published by Macmillan Red Globe Press, provides an introduction, overview and critical analysis of practice and services in relation to current policy developments.

Mary said: "I'm delighted to be launching the book. It's exciting that it could be used widely in social care work, and I hope I get some good feedback on it. I'm very passionate about family support and how it can be applied in different contexts."

The book focuses on working with service users across the life course, multi-agency working, and relational and strengths-based approaches, providing a concise exploration of practice guidance, theory, and the legislative context of supporting families.

Professor John Leach, Director of the Institute of Childhood and Education at Leeds Trinity University, said: "Leeds Trinity University has a proud tradition of drawing upon research and scholarship to inform the work of practitioners in messy, real-world situations. Mary Shannon's new book epitomises this approach: it draws upon cutting-edge research to guide practitioners in their everyday work. I am sure that it will be influential."