International Social Work
Boring Records is a timely book. Social work practioners outside the UK can still find the book interesting. Those chapters which describe the clinical social worker's perspective and the client's view of social work records make provocative reading. Social workers will easily identify with the author's examples and will find her analysis of the social worker's and client's perspective of the social work records thought-provoking. I would recommend that social work agencies include the book as part of in-service training courses. The issues discussed are readily adaptable to those which are experienced by the social worker in an agency setting. In academia the book might be used by selecting those sections which are most suited to discussions on language, communication between social worker and client and ethical issues of information transfer in a social work setting.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
The book includes a meticulously researched and documented theoretical perspective which will help readers to understand, not only the importance of spoken and written language in the relationships between workers in multidisciplinary teams and between workers and clients, but also the historical and professional context in which the recording of child care cases takes place. This is a very thorough book and, perhaps as a consequence, is not a particularly 'easy read', but anyone making the effort to do so (and it is well worth the effort) will be rewarded by an improved understanding of one of the core activities of social work. In addition they will develop a much better understanding of the complexities of working in the child guidance setting.
A provocative read well worth having in any departmental library or resource centre.' Rostrum 'A stimulating, even provocative, book - not a boring tome at all.