In this section you will find links to books written by a range of experienced practitioners which provide guidance and ideas about how best to engage and motivate young people who are vulnerable or excluded.

In this section you will find book’s which deal specifically with how best to work with young people who have emotional and behaviour difficulties.

Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age

Robin M. Kowalski
Advances in social media have moved bullying from a schoolyard fear to a constant threat. The second edition of this US publication offers the information on this evolving issue and outlines the unique concerns and challenges it raises for children. More HERE

The nature of adolescence - John C Coleman

The book brings together perspectives on adolescence from psychology, psychoanalysis, anthropology, neuroscience and criminology. Go HERE

The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends

Natalie Elman
Support for children and young people on friendship and interpersonal skills. Go HERE

A short introduction to Promoting resilience in children

Colby Pearce - The origins of resilience are in the early relationships which shape our emotional and social development. The book provides a succinct, accessible and clear guide on how to promote resilience in children and achieve positive developmental outcomes for them. For more go HERE

Helping children to build self-esteem: A Photocopiable activities book

Deborah M. Plummer - This practical guide has a fund of ideas describing how those supporting the child can harness powerful young imaginations and help build self-esteem. For more go HERE

Stuart Coupe Rob Longs Education Works Ltd

An activity book for children aged 7 to 12 who love football but have difficulty controlling their anger. Based around an engaging soccer story, the book outlines opportunities to explore children's emotional responses, whilst also suggesting activities in reading, writing, speaking and listening. For more go HERE

Positive Reinforcement Activities and Strategies for Creating Confident Learners

Peter Clutterbuck, Crown House Publishing, 192 pages - This book covers a range of issues which affect self esteem and self worth. Each topic has an introduction and an activity page and full instructions on carrying out the activity. All supplementary materials are supplied on a CDROM for ease of reproduction.  For more go HERE

Self-esteem Games: 300 Fun Activities That Make Children Feel Good About Themselves

Barbara Sher - The key to children′s development—emotionally, socially, and intellectually—is a strong sense of their own self–worth. The 300 games and activities in this fun book will give them just that. Combines upbeat, positive advice including tips for better parenting with easy directions for positive play. £11.50 For more go HERE

Young People in Love and Hate

By Nick Luxmoore, 2009. This book looks at the difficulties young people can have when negotiating relationships with friends and family, love and sex. For more go HERE

A Non-Violent Resistance Approach with Children in Distress: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

By Carmelite Avraham-Krehwinkel and David Aldridge, 2009. - This book suggests approaches to dealing with severe disruptive behaviour in children and adolescents. Read about or order this book HERE

Getting Beyond Bullying and Exclusion: Empowering Children in Inclusive Classrooms

By Ronald Mah, 2009. This book focuses on the vulnerabilities of children who get bullied, particularly those with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), Aspergers Syndrome, and gifted abilities. It also explains the victim dynamic, including how otherwise well-meaning adults can inadvertently facilitate development of victim personalities in children or unintentionally contribute to the development of bully personalities. Suggests intervention methods. Read about or order this book HERE

Tough Times

by Clare Beswick, Sally Featherstone - The Tough Times series is designed to help early years practitioners support very young children who are experiencing particular stress or anxiety. This book looks at what the child might be feeling at tricky times such as the arrival of new brother or sister, moving house or simply feeling angry and offers guidance and a lots of practical advice and support . The aim is to equip adults, working with babies and young children who are troubled or distressed, with an accessible resource to which they can quickly refer in times of need. Read about or order this book HERE

What have I done? A Victim Empathy Programme For Young People

By Pete Wallis - This is a course to encourage empathy in young people who commit crimes or hurt others through their actions. It is designed to be used directly with young people who have committed a specific crime or caused harm and distress to others through their actions, and challenges the young person to face the harm they have caused and consider what they can do to help put things right. The exercises use creative arts, film, role-play and discussion. A DVD is also included. Read about or order this book HERE

Building and Restoring Respectful Relationships in Schools: A Guide to Restorative Practice

by Richard Hendry - Restorative Practice helps disruptive pupils to take responsibility for their actions, understand the consequences of their behaviour and apologise to others. Through a whole-school approach school teachers and managers can help all children build healthy and respectful relationships with peers and teachers. Building and Restoring Respectful Relationships in Schools is a practical resource to help relieve the pressure on schools and education services by leading them to plan and implement restorative approaches in their day-to-day work. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK HERE

Better Learning, Better Behaviour (Policy & Practice in Education)

George Head explores the issues surrounding young people experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) and suggests teaching strategies that, in targeting such children work to the benefit of all at school. Furthermore, the book argues that, within a context of inclusion, provision for pupils regarded as belonging to the category requires to be refocused onto their learning rather than their behaviour. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK HERE

21st Century Boys: How Modern Life is driving them off the rails and how we can get them back on track

Sue Palmer - A former headteacher, the author looks at contemporary issues for boys of all ages, considers recent research and suggests ways for parents, teachers and others to help address issues. Published May 2009. For more information or to order go to Orion Books HERE

New edition of How to Manage Children’s Challenging Behaviour

Bill Rogers - This book gives contributions from practising teachers that suggest ways to tackle disruptive and challenging behaviour. New material in this edition includes new case studies, a new chapter on working with angry parents and managing anger in ourselves and our children. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK HERE

Gangs, Marginalised Youth and Social Capital

Ross Deuchar - This book (Aug 2009) argues that the process of young people feeling excluded from many areas is increasing both in Glasgow and in many areas of the world, as gang membership increases and the authorities introduce zero tolerance strategies in response. Ross Deuchar is a lecturer in the Department of Childhood and Primary Studies at the University of Strathclyde. A paper written from his research, called ‘Gangs, Sectarianism and Social Capital: A Qualitative Study of Young People in Scotland’ will appear in the journal Sociology, published by the British Sociological Association. Read about or order the book at Trentham Books HERE

Building Better Behaviour in the Early Years

Chris Dukes and Maggie Smith - Includes CD Rom. Every early years setting strives to create a calm and positive atmosphere, where children can thrive and develop as successful and confident learners. By asking you to reflect on how the ethos, practice and general approach in your setting impacts on the behaviour of both children and adults, this book suggest sensible ways to achieve an exciting and stimulating environment for all. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK HERE

Behaviour for Learning: Proactive Approaches to Behaviour Management

Simon Ellis and Janet Tod - Behaviour for Learning offers a clear conceptual framework for making sense of the many behaviour management strategies on offer, allowing a critical assessment about their appropriateness and effectiveness in the classroom. Teachers need to be asking themselves the question "How can I improve a child’s learning?" rather than "How can I get them to behave?" The authors present a unique focus on the relationships which underpin learning. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK HERE

Help your Child or Teen Get Back On Track: What Parents and Professionals Can Do for Childhood Emotional and Behavioural Problems

Kenneth H. Talan MD - Offers specific self-help interventions and a wide-ranging, practical discussion of the types of professional help available for a child or adolescent with emotional and behavioural problems. “This book provides ideas and advice on seeking professional help for parents who are worried about a child or adolescent with behavioural and emotional problems… Most positive is the author's obvious warmth, empathy and understanding, his acknowledgment of how hard parents find it when their children have difficulties'- Children and Young People Now. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK HERE

Anger Management Games for Children

Deborah M. Plummer, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, March 2008. 159 pages, Paperback £15.99.This practical handbook helps adults to understand, manage and reflect constructively on children's anger. It features familiar and easy-to-learn games, and is designed to foster successful anger management strategies for children aged 5-12 Read about or order this book on Amazon UK HERE

100 Ideas for managing behaviour

By Johnnie Young - This book deals with problems ranging from gaining the respect of pupils to dealing with serious problems such as fights in the classroom and coping with the effects of bullying. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

Interventions for Children at Risk of Developing Antisocial Personality Disorder

by David Utting, Helen Monteiro and Deborah Ghate - This book looks at interventions that range from low-key universal resources to far more intensive, multi-layered programmes – with the evidence about what works for each. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

Bully Blocking: Six Secrets to Help Children Deal with Teasing and Bullying

by Evelyn M. Field - This confidence-boosting book aims to help children overcome the damaging effects of teasing and bullying, and to develop practical skills and attitudes to improve their self-esteem and quality of life. This second edition of "Bully Blocking" (originally published under the title "Bully Busting") is based on Evelyn Field's 'Secrets of relating', a six-step model that has proved highly successful in her counselling work with young people. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

Working with Anger and Young People

by Nick Luxmoore - "Working with Anger and Young People" warns against 'quick fix' solutions to dealing with anger, and draws on the author's experiences of youth counselling and training workshops to propose helpful interventions for addressing anger effectively and moving on from it. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK.

Naughty Boys: Anti-social Behaviour, ADHD and the Role of Culture

by Sami Timimi - Boys in the West are being labelled as having psychiatric disorders, behaviour problems and special educational needs, and are receiving psychiatric drugs in ever-greater numbers. In this book, Dr Timimi argues that this crisis reflects a fundamental ambivalence that Western culture has toward children which affects boys in particular. Using material from diverse sources, the author shows how Western Society's political, social and economic value system is bad for families and children, and how positive alternatives can be found in non-Western traditions. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK.

Child and Adolescent Behaviour Problems: A Multi-disciplinary Approach

by Carole Sutton - This handbook shows how professionals working in social work, health, education, and psychology can work together to provide an integrated service to children and adolescents. Outlining the challenges of working in a multi-disciplinary context, it provides key theoretical concepts and describes how to conduct joint assessments and design, deliver and evaluate interventions. Taking a life-span approach to working with children of all ages, from infants to adolescents, the key emphasis of the book is on the prevention of children's emotional and behavioural difficulties through effective inter-disciplinary working. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

In this section you will find books which consider strategies for schools, and practitioners who support schools, attempting to engage with disaffected pupils. 

Understanding the voices and educational experiences of autistic young people by Craig Goodall

Alongside a critical and extensive review of research literature and debate on the efficacy of mainstream inclusion for autistic children, the book provides practical advice on how to support autistic children in research and in school. More HERE

There Is another Way: The Second Big Book of Independent Thinking

The book is a call to action to swim against the tide and reclaim the heart of education. Full of examples to prove this is the case and inspirations to try new things. More HERE

Implementing restorative practices in schools

A guide which explains the value of restorative approaches in schools and its potential to transform behaviour and educational achievements.  More HERE

Coaching and Mentoring: Exploring Approaches to Professional Learning (Policy and Practice in Education)

Christine Forde and Jim O’Brien
In the drive for improvement in learning and achievement in schools, the development of teachers and of school leaders remains a major focus of policy. As part of this project, alternative approaches to professional development have been introduced to Scottish education including coaching and mentoring and learning communities. More HERE

Childhood Bereavement: Developing the Curriculum and pastoral support

Nina Job and Gill Frances £16 from NCB Books. Uses case studies and draw son best practice to help teachers and those working in schools to address death, dying and bereavement. Go here HERE

Important Issues Relating to the Promotion of Positive Behaviour and Self Esteem in Secondary Schools

Jenny Mosley. This revision of her classic book provides an introduction and lesson plans on running Circle Time in secondary school, and gives links to social and emotional aspects of learning. For more go HERE

Count Me In! Ideas for Actively Engaging Students in Inclusive Classrooms

By Richard Rose and Michael Shevlin, 2010. This book provides ways of involving young people in their own learning. Read about or order this book HERE

Life Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs (2nd edition)

By Darlene Mannix, 2010. Ready–to–use lessons for teaching basic life skills to adolescents with special needs. Read about or order this book HERE

Positive Intervention for Pupils Who Struggle at School

By Helen Sonnet, 2009. This book offers methods of intervention which are “designed for those children who have been through all the standard interventions, to no avail, and who are now in danger of being excluded.” Read about or order this book HERE

Children, Their World, Their Education

Edited by Robin Alexander, 2009. This book contains the final report and recommendations of the expansive Cambridge Primary Review, “the most comprehensive enquiry into English primary education for 40 years.” Read about or order this book HERE

How Children Learn 3: Contemporary Thinking and Theorists

By Linda Pound, 2009. Influential writers in the early years are summarised in this book which addresses current educational issues and suggests learning techniques and ideas. Read about or order this book HERE

Meeting the Needs of Disaffected Students: Engaging students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

by Dave Vizard
Through the use of a variety of approaches and techniques, including emotional literacy, NLP and learning styles, this resource gives practical examples of how to engage disaffected students and ensure they have a successful learning experience. Read about or order this book HERE

Escape from Exclusion

by Brian Marris and Tina Rae
A 15 session programme with an emotionally literate approach to supporting excluded and disaffected students aged 7-16. Read about or order this book HERE

Excluded From School: Complex Discourse and Psychological Perspectives

Christopher Arnold, Jane Yeomans, Mike Solomon and Sarah Simpson In this book four psychologists explore the experiences of people who have been involved with exclusion from school: the child, the family, the excluding school and the receiving unit. There is discussion about theory, reflection on the harm that exclusion can do and suggestions for new approaches to managing difficult behaviour in secondary schools. Go HERE

Bullying: a complete guide to the support group method

George Robinson and Barbara Maines - Previously referred to as the No Blame Approach, the pioneering work of George and Barbara has been popular amongst practitioners seeking an alternative method to punishment for dealing with bullying in their setting. This publication incorporates an updated edition of their best selling 'Crying for Help' and provides a clear practical guide and an explanation of the theory and values underpinning the work. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK HERE

Yeah Right! Adolescents in the Classroom (Building Success Through Better Behaviour)

By Rob Long - Is there more disruptive behaviour in schools today? The simple answer to this often asked question is probably yes. But the reasons lie more outside teenagers than inside. For too many teachers there can be an attitude of: 'I was a teenager once, therefore i know what it is like'. But we all develop in a unique time and the issues are unique to that period. Pressures differ, fears differ. There are times when schools are seen to be part of the problem rather than the solution. This book covers issues around: identity, autonomy, risk taking and self-esteem. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK.

Motivation (Building Success Through Better Behaviour) (Paperback)

By Rob Long - Knowing how to interest and motivate pupils is a skill, which separates the 'great' teachers from the mediocre. This book will inform and inspire staff and give them confidence in dealing with pupils who are not naturally 'teacher pleasers'. It: explains how personality affects learning styles; suggests assessment tools and interventions; and shows how to reach the hard to teach. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK.

Placing Emotional Literacy at the Heart of the School Ethos

by Dr Steve Killick - Steve Killick’s work explains the importance of considering children's emotional life in school situations and gives practical skills to help nurture children's emotional development. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

In this section you will find book’s which consider the most successful approaches to working with young people and their families. 

Residential Child Care: Between home and family

Authors: Graham Connelly and Ian Milligan. This is the first dedicated study of the Scottish children’s residential care sector. The book makes comparisons to provision elsewhere in the UK and Europe. More HERE

Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children

Daniel A. Hughes
A courageous, innovative, and clinically sensitive work, Building the Bonds of Attachment illustrates the process of repairing children who have been severely damaged by abuse and neglect. More HERE

What Every Parent Needs to Know: The incredible effects of love, nurture and play on your child's development

Margot Sunderland
Re-writes the rule book on raising a child. Based on over 700 scientific studies into children's development, the author and child psychotherapist explains how to develop your child's potential to the full. More HERE

Picking up the pieces after domestic violence: A practical resource for supporting parenting skills

Kate Iwi and Chris Newman - Domestic violence has a serious impact on children and families. This practical guide provides techniques and exercises to help practitioners work in a structured and focused way with parents after domestic violence has occurred. Go HERE

Understanding what children say: Children’s experiences of domestic violence, parental substance misuse and parental health problems

Sarah Gorin £13.95 from NCB Books. The literature review examines what children say about living in families where these issues can be found, how children feel and what their coping strategies are, and the support they would like to receive. Go HERE 

Building resilience in families under stress: Supporting families affected by parental substance misuse and/or mental health problems – a handbook for practitioners

Emma Sawyer £20 from NCB Books Go HERE

Involved fathering and child wellbeing: Fathers’ involvement with secondary school age children

Elaine Welsh £15.95. The research results presented show how better father-child relationships arise when the whole family’s well-being is enhanced –pointing to a holistic approach which looks at parents understanding of their behaviour, mutually supportive relationships and confidence in parenting and communication skills.  Go HERE

Literacy goes to school

This book gives a clear demonstration of literacy learning that takes place at home, and how it differs from, as well as relates to, literacy at school. It will help teachers to increase their understanding of this process and to build on their relationship with parents. Such understanding, the book shows, can directly enhance children's literacy performance in school. Take me to more information HERE

Coping with Complexity: child and adult poverty

Mark Tomlinson and Robert Walker. This book (Feb 2009) examines the impact that poverty has on children’s lives. It is downloadable from HERE

It is also available as a paperback from HERE

Children, Families and Violence

This book examines the risk factors surrounding children at risk of experiencing and perpetrating violence, and looks at the positive role that children's rights can play in their protection. The authors propose that violence in childhood is not spontaneous: that children are raised to become violent in poorly functioning families and child unfriendly environments. Take me to more about this book HERE

Making an Impact: Children and Domestic Violence

The book focuses on the children who experience domestic violence and lays guidelines for how best to support and protect them. Take me to more about this book HERE

Children, Families and Violence – Challenges for Children’s Rights

Katherine Covell and R.Brian Howe.. November 2008, 288pp, hardback £39.99. Published by Jessica Kingsley. This book examines the risk factors surrounding children at risk of experiencing and perpetrating violence, and looks at the positive role that children’s rights can play in their protection. Read about this book at Jessica Kingsley Publishers site HERE  

When your child is bullied

by Jenny Alexander. Jenny Alexander's book is full of empathy and ideas to make life more positive for the whole family. The Times Educational Supplement said: “There are dozens of books on bullying, This is one of the best”. Read about or order this book on Amazon uk

The Idea of Poverty

By Paul Spicker. This book examines views about what poverty is and what should be done about it. 'Poverty' means many different things to different people - for example, material deprivation, lack of money, dependency on benefits, social exclusion or inequality. In The idea of poverty, Paul Spicker makes a committed argument for a participative, inclusive understanding of the term and what should be done about it. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK.

Parenting in Poor Environments: Stress, Support and Coping

by Deborah Ghate and Neal Hazel. The authors explore what professionals and policy-makers can do to assist families living in poverty. They examine community-level poverty and its relationship to familial and individual problems such as low income, mental ill-health and child behavioural difficulties - problems that those working with poor families need to understand. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

Enhancing the Well-being of Children and Families Through Effective Interventions: International Evidence for Practice

by Colette McAuley. An attractive feature of this book is its clear structure. Each chapter on interventions seeks to describe what the intervention consists of, the evidence available on its effectiveness, the limitations of that evidence, and implications for policy, practice and research. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

Engaging with Fathers: Practice Issues for Health and Social Care

by Brigid Daniel. Fathers are often marginalised or ignored in child protection practice. This reflects an uncertainty within society as a whole about the role of fathers in their children's lives. This is a guide for practitioners on how to broaden their practice to include fathers and stepfathers, whether or not their behaviour is abusive or problematic. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

Effective Ways of Working with Children and Their Families

edited by Malcolm Hill. This text examines late-1990s evidence of which methods are the most successful forms of intervention when working with children and their families. It covers a wide range of approaches and services, with particular emphasis on methods designed to help children with identified problems. After discussing the principles, designs and debates associated with ideas of effectiveness and evidence, the text evaluates 1990s practice in child and family work, including: early years provision, family mediation, child and adolescent psychiatry, treatment for children who have been sexually abused, and work with foster children and their families. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

In this section you will find books which consider of substance misuse in young people.

What You Need to Know about Cannabis – Understanding the facts.

David Emmet and Graeme Nice. October 2008, 144pp, paperback £12.99. Published by Jessica Kingsley.. According to the UN's estimate, roughly 2.5 per cent of the world population use cannabis: yet most people have a profound lack of knowledge about cannabis. This book aims to offer accessible, accurate and objective information, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. It demystifies the latest research about effects, particularly in relation to mental health. Read about this book at Jessica Kingsley's publishers site here

Cannabis and Young People: Reviewing the Evidence

by Richard Jenkins. “Cannabis and Young People" aims to shed light on the current debates by reviewing all the available evidence on a range of issues relating to the use of cannabis among children and adolescents and summarizing the main conclusions in clear, jargon-free language. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

In this section you will find book’s which consider how best to help young people who have psychological and emotional difficulties. Specific attention is focused on building resilience in vulnerable young people.

Stories Allways: tales for children’s well-being

A new resource pack with book, activities and CD’s from one of Scotland’s most innovative storytellers. More HERE

Helping Children and Young People Who Self-Harm: An Introduction to Self-harming and Suicidal Behaviours for Health Professionals

Tim McDougal et al
Every year thousands of children and young people attend emergency departments or come to the attention of CAMHS teams, school nurses and other community-based services. The book provides clear and practical guidance for health professionals and other members of the children’s workforce who are confronted by this complex and difficult area. More HERE

Preventing childhood obesity: evidence, policy and practice - Elizabeth Walters

This book brings together contributors from around the world and showcases the latest evidence–based research on community and policy interventions to prevent unhealthy weight gain and improve the health and well–being of children. More HERE

Stick up for yourself: Every Kid’s Guide to Personal Power and self-esteem

Gershen Kaufman
Discusses problems facing children and young people such as making choices, learning about and liking yourself, and solving problems. Read about or order this book HERE

Navigating Teenage Depression: A guide for parents and professionals

Gordon Parker . The authors explain how to identify different mood disorders, contributing factors and explain options. Read about or order this book HERE

Arts Activities for Children and Young People in Need

Diana Coholic, 2010. This book offers Art-based interventions and exercises drawn from practice and research which can develop resilience and self-esteem and enable children in need to cope better with ongoing stress and loss. Read about or order this book HERE

Working with Young Women: Activities for Exploring Personal, Social and Emotional Issues (2nd edition)

Vanessa Rogers, 2010. This book offers ideas to help young women to build self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness. Including art activities, life story work and other projects, games, discussions, drama and role-playing. Read about or order this book HERE

Helping Children to Cope with Change, Stress and Anxiety

By Deborah Plummer, 2010. Photocopiable book with creative, practical activities and games to help children manage stress. Read about or order this book HERE

Safeguarding Children from Emotional Maltreatment: What Works

By Jane Barlow, Anita Schrader McMillan, 2010. Highlights interventions directly targeting parent-child interactions to explore available treatments, identify which approaches work, who they work with and the limitations of each. Read about or order this book HERE

Inside Anorexia

The book describes the different experiences and challenges faced by teenage girls with anorexia and their families. It demonstrates that the starting point for understanding anorexia must be the unique stories of individuals and their families. Take me to more about this book here

Feeling Like Crap: Young People and the Meaning of Self Esteem

The book explores how a young person’s self is constructed and what might really help that self to feel more valued and confident. Take me to more about this book here

Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile

by Daniel Nettle. Nettle summarises the various studies and statistics available on the subject of what make people happy. Importantly, he has a useful discussion on the types of happiness; feelings of joy, judging oneself to be happy, and realising one's potential. Read about or order this book on Amazon uk

Helping Children to Build Self Esteem

By Deborah M. Plummer. This book is packed with fun effective activities to help children develop and maintain healthy self-esteem.  New and updated material has been added including a section on running parent groups alongside children’s groups. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK.

Children's Thoughts and Feelings (Building Success Through Better Behaviour)

By Rob Long. Understanding how children think and feel is the key to building good relationships in the classroom. This book: shows the underlying causes of emotional conflicts; explains the nature of maladaptive coping mechanisms; talks about why boys tend to 'act out' and girls tend to 'act in'; and suggests interventions to promote the use of adaptive coping styles. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK.

Promoting Emotional Well Being of Children and Adolescents and Preventing Their Mental Ill Health edited

by  Kedar Nath Dwivedi and Peter Brinley Harper. This comprehensive guide provides overviews of the key psychological processes affecting mental health, such as development, attachment, emotion regulation and attention, and draws out the implications for preventive measures and promotion of emotional well-being. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

Children in Difficulty: A Guide to Understanding and Helping

by Maurice Place and Julian Elliot. This book is designed as a guide for those who work with children. In clear, simple language it focuses upon some of the most common, yet often incapacitating, difficulties which are frequently encountered by young children and adolescents.  It seeks to help the reader to understand the nature of each problem and offers a guide as to how the child in difficulty can best be helped. The book is designed to be of particular value to those working in education, social work, health and child-care settings, and anyone who needs to be able to recognize and help children in difficulty. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

Barnardos - what works in building resilience?

This book explores principles of resilience with extensive reference to published research. The weight of evidence suggests that incorporating resilience promoting strategies in services to children and young people can make a real difference.  ‘What works in building resilience?’ will offer all professionals in social care invaluable information to enable them to identify and implement factors that promote resilience in all phases of the life cycle.  Buy this book HERE

Assessing and Promoting Resilience in Vulnerable Children: School Years

by Brigid Daniel and Sally Wassell. Helping practitioners in their work with vulnerable children of a school-going age, this workbook explores ways of nurturing resilience in different aspects of everyday life. Focusing on specific areas such as home life, talents and interests, friendships and social competencies, the authors show how to make thorough assessments and intervene in constructive ways. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

Assessing and Promoting Resilience in Vulnerable Children: Adolescence

by Brigid Daniel and Sally Wassell. This practical resource for work with vulnerable adolescents shows ways of promoting resilience and encouraging pro-social behaviour. The authors discuss concerns pertinent to adolescence such as peer pressure and moral responsibility, drugs and sexual relationships, and suggest ways for practitioners to engage with and support young people who may have social or family problems. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

Supporting Pupils with Emotional Difficulties: Creating a caring environment for all

by Rob Long and Jonathan Fogell. This practical text explores children's emotional development and the correlation between emotional security and effective learning. The authors focus on a wide range of specific emotional issues, including coping with loss, separation, anxiety, panic and anger management. They discuss how to raise a child's self-esteem and motivation. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

In this section you will find books which look at working with young people who are in the care system.

Just Care; Restorative Justice Approaches to Working with Children in Public Care

by Belinda Hopkins . Restorative justice is an innovative approach to addressing conflict and bullying, as well as disruptive, challenging and criminal behaviour. A restorative approach in a care setting shifts the emphasis from managing and responding to anti-social behaviour to the building, nurturing and repairing of relationships, and encourages the young person to accept responsibility and put things right. Read about or order this book HERE

Supporting Young Parents: Pregnancy and Parenthood among Young People from Care

This book draws on authoritative research into the reasons for and experiences of pregnancy and parenthood among young people from local authority care. It questions the assumptions that early parenthood always limits young people's choices and opportunities and examines the types of support most likely to enable successful parenting. Take me to more about this book here

Understand looked after children: An introduction to Psychology for Foster Care

By Jeune Guishard Pine et al. This book is an accessible guide to understanding the mental health needs of children in foster care and the role of foster carers and support networks in helping these children. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

Residential Child Care: Prospects and Challenges

By Andrew Kendrick. This book draws on recent research to address key issues in residential child care policy and practice, offering guidance for developing best practice and improved outcomes for children and young people. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

Promoting Resilience: A Resource Book on Working with Children in the Care System

by Robbie Gilligan. This book is packed with practical ideas for how to improve the quality of life of children in care.  It carries two key messages of hope: the lives of children can be made better and what social workers do – even the little things – can make a difference. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

In this section you will find books which document the experiences and opinions of young people who are disaffected or excluded from school.

Children and Young People's Participation and Its Transformative Potential

This book brings together theories, ideas, insights and experiences of practitioners and researchers from Brazil, India, South Africa and the UK on the theme of children and young people's involvement in public action. More HERE

Young People, Place and Identity

The book offers a series of rich insights into young people’s everyday lives. What places do young people engage with on a daily basis? How do they use these places? How do their identities influence these contexts? Cost £23.99 By Peter E. Hopkins Go HERE

Young children in charge DVD and book set 

This DVD and book set provide an insight into day-to-day practice in early years settings in the Tuscan town of San Miniato, where powerful values such as a belief in the competence of the child and the centrality of family participation drive every aspect of service delivery for the under threes.  Cost £20. Go HERE

Setting Up and Running a Peer Listening Scheme

by Kathy Salter Hampson . Intended to equip any organisation working with young people to train them up to be a listening ear for their peers, the author draws on experience as a learning mentor and a youth justice worker to cover everything from the beginning to the end of the process, including case studies and resources. Read about or order this book HERE

Researching with Children and Young People

Research Design, Methods and Analysis by E. Kay M Tisdall, John M. Davis and Michael Gallagher.Published in December 2008, thisis based on theirUniversity of Edinburgh course, Listening to Children and is published by SAGE Publications.248 pages, Paperback costs £21.99. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK here

Disconnected Youth?: Growing Up in Britain's Poor Neighbourhoods

by Robert MacDonald and Jane Marsh. Based on close-up research with young men and women from localities suffering social exclusion in extreme form, Disconnected Youth? will appeal to all those who are interested in understanding and tackling the problems of growing up in Britain's poor neighbourhoods. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK.

Listen to Me!: The Voices of Pupils with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

by Susan Wise. This book provides practical suggestions on how better to provide for the pupils who are to reach and hard to teach. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

In this section you will find books which look at the issue of Children's Services. 

Critical practice with children and young people

This is an important collection that takes a welcome critical stance on service integration and raises difficult questions about the costs and benefits of integration for policy-makers and practitioners alike. Cost £19.99 Go HERE

Effective Multi-Agency Partnerships: Putting Every Child Matters into Practice

by Rita Cheminais . Offering practical advice and guidance on how to establish and maintain effective multi-agency partnership working in your setting, this book will tell you how to meet the Every Child Matters outcomes for children and young people. Read about or order this book HERE

In this section you will find books which look at the issue of working with young people with additional support needs. 

Raising Martians - From Crash-Landing to Leaving Home: How to Help a Child with Asperger's Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism

Joshua Muggleton is 21 and has Asperger's Syndrome and now studies psychology at the University of St Andrews. In Raising Martians, he combines his personal experience into what it means to have AS with his knowledge of autistic spectrum disorders to produce an invaluable guide. Starting with the very basics of 'what is autism?', Joshua covers topics such as friendships and social situations, obsessions, sensory issues, and school. More HERE

Sexual Knowledge and Behaviour

This book with CD is a tool for assessing levels of sexual knowledge and understanding of someone with a learning disability before and after a programme of sex and relationships education. It can help to identify gaps or confusion, engage parents and carers, develop an appropriate programme, evaluate the impact of the programme. Cost £35. Go HERE

The New Social Story Book

Carol Gray pioneered this method of teaching social skills through structured stories and her method is now a standard in special needs education. Developed through years of experience, these strategically written stories explain social situations in a way children with autism understand, while teaching the social skills children need to be successful at home, at school, and in the community. £26.50. Read about or order this book HERE

The ADHD Toolkit

Linda Wheeler. The ADHD Toolkit offers a guide to understanding and supporting students with ADHD in schools. This book will help the reader to understand the difference between the child who is disaffected, defiant and oppositional, and the child whose core difficulties reside in chronic problems of self-regulation and concentration (i.e. ADHD) Read about or order this book HERE

Children and Adolescents in Trauma: Creative Therapeutic Approaches

C. Nicholson et al. The authors describe a wide range of approaches, including art therapy and literature, and how creative methods are applied in cases of abuse, trauma, violence, self-harm and identity development.  Read about or order this book HERE

How Children Learn in Special Education

By John Brims, 2010. This book covers thirty of the most influential theorists, from Steiner to Gardner, and their ideas on how children with special educational needs learn and develop. Covering issues from inclusion to assessing learning potential. Read about or order this book HERE

The Autism Spectrum in the 21st Century: Exploring Psychology, Biology and Practice

I. Roth et al, 2010. This book introduces the reader to key concepts and developments in diagnosis, psychological and biological research, theoretical models, evidence-based intervention, educational strategies and family issues. It charts how developments in theory, research and practice shape the evolving concept of autism. Read about or order this book HERE

The ADHD Toolkit

Linda Wheeler, 2010. With sections covering the background to ADHD, the school setting and the wider context of home life, this resource will help with practice for working with students with ADHD. Read about or order this book HERE

Addressing the Unproductive Classroom Behaviours of Students with Special Needs

By Steve Chinn, 2010. This book will help with recognising indicators of Asperger Syndrome, dyslexia, dyspraxia, AD/HD, physical disabilities and speech and language disorders. It explores different interventions and offers practical strategies for improving pupils' behaviours, social skills and self-esteem. For more go HERE

A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools

By Lee A. Wilkinson, 2010. This book focuses on best practice and the importance of early diagnosis to help identify, assess and work with school-aged children with autism-related conditions. For more go HERE

A Handbook for Inclusion Managers: Steering your School towards Inclusion

By Ann Sydney, 2009. This book provides a framework which can be adapted to suit individual schools and a checklist of good practice to help manage an inclusive learning environment. It includes guidance on how to get the best from your staff; what inclusive teaching and learning look like; working with special schools; creating an inclusion strategy and other topics. Read about or order this book HERE

Living With Dyslexia: The social and emotional consequences of specific learning difficulties/disabilities, 2nd Edition

By Barbara Riddick, 2009. Based on interviews with dyslexic children and their families, this book presents first-hand accounts of how dyslexia affects the children themselves and the people around them. This second edition reflects current research and practice in the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA. The book “examines issues of confidence and self-esteem; explores the coping strategies adopted by children and adults with dyslexia; investigates the concept of dyslexia-friendly schools; studies how children were first identified as having dyslexia, and the social and emotional difficulties they encountered; offers guidance on how teachers and parents can best support children; and considers cognitive, educational, social and emotional perspectives.” Read about or order this book HERE

The Child’s World: The Comprehensive Guide to Assessing Children in Need (2nd edition)

Edited by Jan Horwath. This updated edition of the book on assessing children in need and their families integrates practice, policy and theory to produce a comprehensive guide to aspects of assessment. Read about or order this book HERE

Practical Behaviour Management Solutions for Children and Teens with Autism.

by Linda Miller
This book offers a complete framework for behaviour intervention which has its roots in prevention and good practice, with an emphasis on promoting and encouraging the development of skills and independence. From identifying behaviour and understanding the root causes, through to planning and implementing a comprehensive intervention programme, this book has practical strategies and guidance. Read about or order this book HERE

Girls Growing up on the Autism Spectrum

This book covers all the concerns commonly faced by girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their parents, from periods and puberty to worries over friendships and ‘fitting in’. From Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Take me to this book here

100 Ideas for Supporting Pupils with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

By Roy Howarth. This practical guide provides those working with children suffering from SEBD ideas of how to support and develop their learning. It contains lists which range from creating a supportive learning environment for the pupil to developing effective classroom management techniques. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

100 Ideas for Supporting Pupils with ADHD

By Geoff D Kewley and Pauline Latham
This book contains lists covering the entire school age ranges with ideas from developing effective strategies to helping the child in the classroom to encouraging the progression of individual skills such as handwriting, comprehension processing tasks. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

Setting Up and Running a Peer Listening Scheme

by Kathy Salter Hampson. Here is the 'how to do it' guidance that will help busy practitioners to put in place something that really works. Read about or order this book on Amazon uk

Children, Young People and Social Inclusion: Participation for What?

by John Davis, Malcolm Hill, Kay Tisdall (Editors). Social inclusion and participation have become policy mantras in the UK and Europe. As these concepts are being translated into policies and practice, it is a critical time to examine - and challenge - their interpretation, implementation and impacts. This book asks how far and in what way social inclusion policies are meeting the needs and rights of children and young people. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK.

Critical New Perspectives on ADHD

edited by Gwynedd Lloyd, David Cohen and Joan Stead. There is little doubt that AD/HD is a twenty-first century global phenomenon, or that it is having a significant effect on the lives of children, parents and teachers worldwide. Reasons for the rise in diagnoses of the condition are debatable and contentious. This edited collection unpicks the myths surrounding AD/HD, and leaves no stone unturned in its search for answers. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK.

Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity: A Text book

by Norah Frederickson and Tony Cline. This book provides a comprehensive and detailed discussion of the major issues in special education. Whilst recognising the complex and difficult nature of many special educational needs, the authors place a firm emphasis on inclusion and suggest practical strategies enabling professionals to maximise inclusion at the same time as recognising and supporting diversity. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK

Moderate Learning Difficulties and the Future of Inclusion

by Brahm Norwich and Narcie Kelly. The authors of this book have listened to and considered the perspectives of children with moderate learning difficulties in relation to: Their educational provision, their feelings about the labels that are used for them, issues around their identity and self-perception, the way they feel about social interaction and bullying.  They raise issues about the extent of future inclusion for the remaining groups of pupils with MLD in special schools, and discuss various options for future policy and practice. Read about or order this book on Amazon UK.

In this section you will find books which engage with the issue of working with young people around the issues of Social Justice.

Conviction: Violence, Culture and a Shared Public Service Agenda

John Carnochan explores violence and how we respond with empathy and progressive public services. More HERE