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Offender management in Scotland: the first hundred years

Set within the contexts of probation's centenary in Scotland (2005) and the debate about the future of criminal justice social work in Scotland, this article provides a brief account of the history of probation in Scotland, focusing on the rarely discussed period between 1905 and 1968.

Neoliberalism, the Third Way and Social Work: the UK experience

This article is from the Social Work & Society journal and critically assesses the central claims of neoliberalism in the light of experience in the UK.

Empowerment, racist incidents and casework practice

Casework practice is the process whereby, for example, housing officers, anti-social behaviour officers and neighbourhood wardens work with a tenant who has reported a racist incident to help resolve a complaint. This article focuses on the need for racist/hate incident case workers to be aware of the value of empowerment, and to be able to offer an empowering service when working directly with clients.

’Strengths’ Assertive Outreach: A Review of Seven Practice Development Programmes

Assertive outreach primary aims to provide specialist services for people disengaged from traditional approaches of mental health services, but very little attention has been paid to how such services can develop. The Practice Based Evidence consultancy engaged with seven assertive outreach teams in England to implement an approach to practice development that focuses on team-working and adopting a specific strengths approach to its model of practice. This article summarises some of the findings and puts forward strengths-based recommendations to develop assertive outreach practice.

Motivational interviewing: a systematic review and meta-analysis (IN British Journal of General Practice, 55: 513, pp. 305-312)

Motivational interviewing is a well-known, scientifically tested method of counselling clients developed by Miller and Rollnick and viewed as a useful intervention strategy in the treatment of lifestyle problems and disease.

My way or yours? - article from Drug and Alcohol Findings 2006

How directive the therapist is in the face of client resistance is emerging as one of the strongest and most consistent influences on the outcomes of therapy. There is no one right answer - it all depends on the client, in particular on how much they perceive and react against threats to their autonomy.

CORE-INFO: head and spinal injuries in children

This summarises what is currently known about the clinical presentation of inflicted head and spinal injuries in children.

Modernising social work and the ethics of care

This article is from the Social Work & Society journal and discusses modernising social work and the ethics of care.

Practitioner article: tackling fuel poverty - how can practitioners help their clients?

The current fuel poverty situation is outlined, including legislation and schemes designed to mitigate it. Some suggestions as to how practitioners can help clients to help themselves with this issue are made.