Successful Project Management in Social Work and Social Care
Release Date:01 Apr 2012

Successful Project Management in Social Work and Social Care

Managing Resources, Assessing Risks and Measuring Outcomes

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Managers in social work and social care contexts are required to manage a wide range of projects: long-term and short-term, on large and small scales, in partnership with other agencies, and covering a broad range of issues and contexts.

Management of these projects requires specific expertise, and this book sets out what these core skills are and how they can be achieved. Topics such as managing resources, assessing risks, and measuring outcomes are covered, as well as how to start and end a project. The authors acknowledge the values and ethics inherent to care environments, as well as the business skills necessary for good management. Detailed case studies demonstrate the ideas in action, and reflective activities, practical tools and action checklists are included throughout.

This practical handbook provides a clear and comprehensive guide to how to be an excellent project manager, and is a must-read for all social work and social care managers and post-qualifying social work and social care students.

Project management has become increasingly important in social work and social care. This volume provides essential information and tools tailored for managers in social work. As we have to transform and change our services in response to different expectations and environments, I consider project management to be a core skill, necessary for all managers to enable them to meet these challenges head on. – Adi Cooper, Strategic Director of Adult Social Services and Housing, London Borough of Sutton
Successful Project Management in Social Work and Social Care is packed with practical exercises giving valuable tools to social workers and project managers. – Social Work Matters
As a senior manager, I welcome this series of practical books specifically written about social work and social care management. They should be essential reading for all front line managers across any organisation or agency in social care. – Adi Cooper, Strategic Director of Adult Social Services and Housing, London Borough of Sutton
Gary Spolander is Principal Lecturer, Social and Health Care Management, University of Coventry, UK. He has undertaken a number of management roles and has designed and taught leadership and management programmes. Linda Martin is Senior Lecturer, Department of Social and Community Studies, University of Coventry, UK. She has management experience in the statutory and voluntary sectors, and has developed and implemented programmes for managers.
Acknowledgements. Series editor's foreword. 1. Introduction to Project Management. 2. Projects in Action. 3. The Context for Project Management. 4. Project Management for Service Users. 5. Managing Your Project. 6. Leading Your Project Team and Developing Partnerships. 7. Delivering Your Project. 8. Ending Your Project. 9. Project Management Across Diverse Cultures. References. Contributors' Information. Index.
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