European Social Work Research Association Publication Series


The Research in Social Work book series, published in association with Policy Press, is a world leading and researchbased collection for social work academics, researchers, and practitioners. With a unique contribution to the academic and professional development of social work in Europe, the series examines current, progressive, and innovative research applications of familiar ideas and models in social work research.

Find out more about the series and how to submit a proposal here at Policy Press.

“Opens the door to research for social work practitioners and both intending and experienced researchers.” Roger Smith, Durham University.

Latest publications

Adoption from Care: International Perspectives on Children’s Rights, Family Preservation and State Intervention Edited by Tarja Pösö, Marit Skivenes and June Thoburn

This book explores how children’s rights are weighed against parents’ rights in a range of countries and examines how governments and legal and welfare professionals balance those rights following the decision that children cannot grow up in their parents’ care.

“This book takes the reader beyond national boundaries by analysing how adoption from care is conceived and practised in different Western countries. More importantly, the book helps to overcome mental boundaries around adoption, a child protection alternative that is as complex as it is necessary." Jesús Palacios, University of Seville

Find out more about the book and read Open Access here.

Interprofessional Collaboration and Service User Participation: Analysing Meetings in Social Welfare Edited by Kirsi Juhila, Tanja Dall, Christopher Hall and Juliet Koprowska

This book examines how interprofessional collaboration and service user participation are challenged in multi-agency meetings, demonstrating how collaborative and integrated welfare policy is contingent on the interactional practices of professionals and service users and providing examples of best practice.

“An outstanding collection featuring research on service interaction and decision-making. From relational agency to epistemic justice, the issues considered shed significant light on interprofessional collaboration.” Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Missouri

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Killick C & Taylor BJ (2020) Assessment, Risk and Decision Making in Social Work: An Introduction. London: Sage. ISBN: 9781529702224

This book is designed for students on qualifying social work courses. It focuses on the essential social work skills of undertaking assessments and making decisions in a context of risk and uncertainty. The book outlines a framework for this challenging aspect of practice, and considers key dimensions such as involving clients, use of assessment tools and collaboration with other professionals and decision systems such as case conferences and courts. Particular attention is given to analysing knowledge within assessment and forming a professional judgement. It addresses generic legal and ethical issues for social workers involved in safeguarding and service eligibility decision making. A final chapter focuses on the development of professional skills in this increasingly important area of assessment, risk and decision making.

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Coming soon in the series

Involving Service Users in Social Work Education, Research and Policy: A Comparative European Analysis Edited by Kristel Driessens and Vicky Lyssens-Danneboom (Publishing December 2021)

Social Work Research Using Arts-Based Methods Edited by Ephrat Huss and Eltje Bos (Publishing March 2022)