Social work books – recommended reading list

as experienced social workers and practice educators, we’ve been asked by a number of student social workers to compile a list of recommended social work books.

Five Key Tips for Working on CSE Cases.

To maintain open dialogue with the child or young person is crucial in developing the positive relationship that may be key to breaking the cycle of abuse. Be prepared to give time; time that may challenge Service expectations and norm. This relationship, trust and communication cannot be underestimated.

Four steps to reducing risk of child sexual abuse in the home: key messages for how social workers can support mothers

This blog summarises the key findings from this work. Although the findings are specific to Somali mothers and families the learning gained could be relevant for developing approaches to supporting mothers and families from across communities.

Resource E-Pack for Adult Practitioners | Social Care Resources

This Resource E-Pack has been developed for Adult Practitioners and showcases an excellent list of free direct resources that can be used when working with vulnerable adults. 

Visit our direct resources, guides & assessment handouts centre

Over 400 direct resources you can download .

Relational safeguarding: a model for child exploitation that works

Former chief crown prosecutor for north-west England Nazir Afzal OBE has described Pace’s Relational Safeguarding Model which underpins its Level 4 Accredited Award in Child Sexual Exploitation (ACSEP) as a “model that works”.

Pace’s nine-day NCFE accredited ACSEP Award increases delegates awareness and understanding of how to work alongside families affected by child sexual exploitation (CSE) to:

• strengthen safeguarding arrangements for the exploited child
• increase the potential for robust intelligence, evidence and conviction rates
• recognise the impact of CSE on the wider family.

Nazir Afzal OBE explains: “I am a strong advocate of Pace’s Level 4 Accredited Award in Child Sexual Exploitation (ACSEP). Pace’s Relational Safeguarding Model underpinning this training enables us to strengthen safeguarding arrangements and gather much better intelligence. It also shows how we can work alongside parents and carers to successfully prosecute offenders.

“We need to change our approach to working with families affected by child exploitation and criminalisation across all sectors, and I believe Pace’s training programme is an excellent vehicle for making this happen. Based on over 20 years’ experience, Pace’s Relational Safeguarding model is a model that works.”

Pace designed its Relational Safeguarding Model and ACSEP Award directly alongside families affected by child exploitation who share their expertise and learning with ACSEP delegates.


The ACSEP course is taught by experienced Pace staff, and leading experts from the fields of social work, police and academia. Graduates become CSE specialists, armed with a toolkit of cutting-edge methods in supporting affected families and helping investigations through to prosecution. Delegates learn:

• Practical skills in how to support CSE affected families from disclosure through to the court process
• The latest research on trauma
• Best practice in working with marginalised groups
• Training in therapeutic and reflective practice

Feedback includes:

• “I’ve already taken so much back. I’ve already made changes in our practices, staff training, passing on the information I’ve learning, streamlining it for staff. I’ve learnt so much and would strongly recommend this training to anyone interested in making a difference.” Foster Care Agency Director

• “What Pace have proved is that they have an approach that works. We know we are having successes with parents and carers. We know we are having better successes with children safeguarded in their own home, and exiting from CSE also.” LA Commissioner