The Social Worker’s Practice Manual is now available.

This is not a textbook in the conventional sense; it is a hands-on manual of practice – a practical guide from one of the UK’s most respected social work authors. Social work is a very demanding and challenging occupation that involves drawing on a wide range of knowledge, skills and values. Renowned author, Dr Neil Thompson, draws on his extensive experience and expertise to offer clear guidance on what is needed to develop best practice. Divided into thirty sections, each covering a key area of practice, this essential handbook will be invaluable to newly qualified social workers, students on placement and more experienced workers and managers wanting to get the best results.

There is a short video about the manual at

Exclusive offer for ScOPT members

Neil has kindly agreed a 25% discount for ScOPT members on The Social Worker’s Practice Manual as well as his range of e-courses and a year’s membership of his online learning community. We have emailed members today with the discount codes. New ScOPT members will also get the same discount.


  • Time and Workload Management
  • Dealing with Stress
  • Managing Stress (a follow-up course specifically for managers)
  • Emotional Competence: Developing Emotional Intelligence and Resilience
  • Handling Aggression
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Outcome-focused Practice
  • Safeguarding Children from Abuse
  • Getting Started with Reflective Practice
  • Developing a Reflective Practice Culture
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Managing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (a more advanced follow-up)
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • How to Be Happy
  • How to Be Liked
  • Facing Death ... Enriching Life
  • Learning to Learn
  • There is also a free course: Making a Difference: How to Have a Positive Impact on People
  • Communicating with Children, with Mary Walsh
  • Childhood Trauma and Recovery, with Mary Walsh
  • Sexual Abuse and Childhood Sexuality, with Mary Walsh
  • Customer Care, by Bernard Moss
  • Positive Mental Health, by Carolyn Barber
  • Understanding Autism, by Mark Kendrick

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