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Professional Boundaries in Social Work and Social Care: A Practical Guide to Understanding, Maintaining and Managing Your Professional Boundaries Paperback – Jan 15 2012

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Professional boundaries between worker and client underpin all areas of practice in social work and social care, and the mismanagement of these boundaries can lead to unprofessional conduct and negative consequences for both worker and client.This book is a no-nonsense guide to boundaries what they are, why they are there and how to maintain them, from legal boundaries and policies governing behaviour to rules surrounding confidentiality. Presenting a flexible framework of rules and guidelines which can be applied to any client relationship, the book offers practical advice and suggestions on how to judge boundaries and how to manage a situation when they have been crossed. It also explores the benefit to both worker and client of establishing a good rapport whilst maintaining a professional, emotional distance. Throughout the book, and in the self-assessment test provided, the reader is invited to examine his or her personal responses to working with clients and their effect on maintaining professional boundaries.This simple and practical reference guide will be of essential use to professionals in social work and social care working with or managing support for clients.

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Frank Cooper is a freelance trainer specialising in professional boundaries in social care, and has over 16 years' experience as a social care professional. He previously also taught in the fields of volunteer training and drugs awareness, and has developed accredited courses in his chosen fields of specialty. His website can be found at

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Good Overview Aug. 12 2012
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The authors look at Boundaries in social work through a broad lens, which provides a good foundation for those just entering the profession. Those of us from the US need to do a little adjusting because the NASW Code of Ethics is not mentioned, rather those areas relative to the UK are. Well worth the purchase price!
Work-related book Nov. 26 2012
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I was so excited after I recieved this book. It is an excellent resource for the training I have to provide. It was very reasonable in cost and was delivered in a timely fashion without damage.