Policy Press

Social Work

Our social work list includes everything from textbooks and hands on practitioner guides, through to our Research in Social Work Series which we co-publish with the European Social Work Research Association.

We are particularly known for our books on child protection, with key titles including Re-imagining Child Protection, which calls for a more humane approach to working with vulnerable families, and the bestselling The Story of Baby P, which exposed the truth about how the media and politicians shaped our understanding of this landmark case.

We aim to publish books that help to address issues arising from poverty, inequality and social injustice.

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Our new Social Work and Children, Young People and Families catalogue is now available. Download the pdf here.

Browse Social Work articles on our Transforming Society blog.

Watch all Social Work videos on our YouTube channel.


Isobel Bainton

Meet the Editor

Isobel Bainton, Commissioning Editor

I came to Policy Press in 2012 from Wiley Blackwell. Social Work is in my family (at both the research and practice ends) and so I was particularly pleased to take on management of the list.

Getting to choose who and what we publish is a huge privilege (and responsibility!). I love working with authors from the start of the process, helping them to develop their ideas and shape their book to be the best it can be.

Throughout the process, I maintain overall responsibility for the project and never lose the sense of pride and accomplishment when wereceive the first copies from the printer. Once the book is published and out in the world it’s great to watch how it’s received and what a difference it makes.

If you are interested in writing for our Social Work list, please contact me at isobel.bainton@bristol.ac.uk or visit our information for authors page to download our proposal guidelines.