Applying research evidence in social work practice

SCIE Social Care Online
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01 January 2014


This book provides a step-by-step guide to implementing research into every day social work practice. The first part provides an overview of the key debates and critical challenges in using research in social work practice. The second part builds on this knowledge by exploring how research is implemented in a wide variety of specialist practice domains. The book explains how to locate and appraise research relevant to social work practice and demonstrates how research can be applied to the day-to-day tasks of being a social worker, including assessments, decision-making and interventions. It includes handy tips and insights from an experienced practitioner, such as finding evidence, balancing a busy caseload and keeping an evidence log and discusses how research can be applied in many different social work practice contexts. These include: safeguarding children; working with looked-after children; young people with additional needs; people who experience alcohol and other drug problems; people with mental health problems; disabled people; offenders and older people. The book includes engaging case scenarios and practice reflection boxes that bring the content to life and enhance readers' learning. It aims to equip students and practitioners with the essential knowledge and skills needed to become evidence-informed practitioners.