Jackie Robinson, Sue Thompson

Working with Adults: Values into Practice

Spiral Bound

Learning from Practice Series

A learning and development manual (2nd edition)



The importance of child-centred practice as a key part of the value base of working with children and young people is well established. But what about working with adults? How do values make a positive difference? By providing a sound base of understanding and best practice, the authors give trainers and tutors an excellent tool for promoting learning in this area. Topics include promoting dignity – what it means in practice, working in partnerships with service users and carers, legal and moral issues, listening skills, rights and risks, assessment and partnership, continuing professional development and staff care, discrimination and oppression, language sensitivity and workplace culture.

Working with Adults:Values into Practice is part of the Learning from Practice Series. Find out more about the range here.


ISBN: 9781912755486

Publication Date: June 2019

Contents includes:


Part One:Training exercises

Section One: Promoting dignity
Section Two: Working in partnership with service users and carers
Section Three: Legal and moral issues
Section Four: Listening skills
Section Five: Rights and Risk
Section Six: Assessment
Section Seven: Continuous professional development and staff care

Part Two: Training exercises (discrimination and oppression)

Section Eight: Power and empowerment
Section Nine: Discrimination
Section Ten: Vulnerability
Section Eleven: Language sensitivity
Section Twelve: Workplace culture

Guide to further learning
Case studies


Dr Sue Thompson is a director of Avenue Consulting Ltd and Avenue Media Solutions, companies offering training, consultancy and learning resources around social and workplace well-being issues. She has experience as a nurse, social worker, mentor and educator, with a particular interest in researching the relationship between reciprocity and dependency in eldercare.

Dr Jackie Robinson was for many years a principal lecturer at De Montfort University in Leicester. She was the programme leader for post-qualifying courses for social workers and taught on the degree in social work. She had extensive experience of working with adults as well as children and young people in residential settings in both statutory and voluntary sectors. She worked for Nottinghamshire Social Services as an adult placement scheme coordinator, a social worker in community learning disability teams as a supervising social worker in a team providing short breaks for disabled children. Sadly, Jackie passed away while this new manual was being prepared.

Learning from Practice series

This exciting new series of learning and development manuals brings together a team of highly experienced writers, practitioners and learning facilitators with series editor Neil Thompson, a well-respected author and educator. Together, they ensure that these manuals offer an effective way of bridging academic content with the challenging world of practice. As such, they will be invaluable for training presenters and tutors wanting to host events addressing the important range of issues covered by each manual.

Each one provides all the resources you need to provide a high quality learning experience, including helpful background material to set the scene, a range of exercises and worksheets to encourage participant involvement and associated PowerPoint slides to aid the clear and effective presentation of key elements of knowledge and practice. These expertly written resources will provide a foundation of understanding and confidence that will enable even the most inexperienced of trainers to provide high-quality training.

Find out more about the other titles in the Learning from Practice range here.


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