Being in Child Care

Author: Gerry Fewster
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317773144
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Primarily intended for the professional child and youth care worker, this new book challenges the most basic methods and beliefs of contemporary practice. Written in the form of a novel, the central issues of child care are brought to life through the subjective experiences of a young practitioner. Each issue and experience is analyzed through the dialogues between the practitioner and his supervisor. As the story unfolds, the reader is invited to reconsider many of the most fundamental and time-tested assumptions that lie at the heart of child and youth care. One by one, the layers of professionalism are peeled back to reveal the essence of it all--the practitioner’s own sense of self. This results in the inevitable conclusion that personal and professional development are inextricably interrelated. From this perspective, it becomes clear how current trends in training and practice often provide a tragic formula for methods that focus upon the control of the youngster and result in the breakdown of relationships and the burnout of the practitioner. Being in Child Care: A Journey Into Self uses the experiences of everyday life to establish themes and draw conclusions. As the story moves from the drama and minutiae of life in a small residential treatment program to the broadest existential questions, the reader will explore his or her own personal experience. Since it can be understood at many different levels, this book will appeal to the student as much as to the seasoned practitioner. (Fewster says parents can read it too.)

Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited

Author: Leon C. Fulcher
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113580379X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Find out how group care for children has changed in the last 20 years Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited focuses on the core issues that shape the quality of care that’s provided in institutional and residential care settings, as well as day care services that rely on the group process. Leading authorities on residential group care practice from around the world examine practice concepts centered on three broad themes: working directly with children; working indirectly to support children and their families; and organizational influences on practice. This unique book offers valuable insights for dealing with the daily challenges of working with young people in responsive group care. Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited builds on contemporary themes that were explored by the editors more than 20 years ago in Group Care for Children: Concept and Issues, and Group Care Practice with Children, both out of print. Contributors to this updated collection put a fresh spin on the original material, as well as cross-cultural analysis from both sides of the Atlantic, Australia and New Zealand, Malaysia, China, and the United Arab Emirates. They revisit the key issues identified in the earlier books and provide personal and professional reflections on what has happened to their practice themes since the early 1980s. Special attention is paid to how social policy imperatives—normalization, de-institutionalization, mainstreaming, least restrictive environment, minimal intervention, and diversion—have reshaped the field, group care methods and skills needed for direct and indirect care, and group care as an occupational. Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited examines (and re-examines): the relationships between group care practice and education how group care programs can become hostile to families primary care in secondary settings the importance of shared language in a group care center group development how group composition can influence the overall functioning of the group managing occupational stresses in group care practice patterns of career development in child and youth care economic influences that impact group care challenges facing the future of group care services for children and much more Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited is a must-read for youth case workers, child and youth care educators, and anyone working in child welfare, including youth justice managers, administrators, and policymakers.

A Child and Youth Care Approach to Working with Families

Author: Thom Garfat
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 078902487X
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Use this newly developed family-oriented approach to be a better youth worker! In A Child and Youth Care Approach to Working with Families, practitioners and trainers in a new child methodology show you how to expand your youth program to involve family work using the Child and Youth Care Approach. This book provides a new way of looking at work with families in which the helpers are involved in the daily life of the families they are supporting. This book will be valuable to practitioners and instructors of the Child and Youth Care Approach as well as to youth workers, foster parents, and social workers who want to develop their own knowledge and skills in working with families. A Child and Youth Care Approach to Working with Families is designed to help youth care workers engage in a working relationship with young people and families that can facilitate change and allow families to live together more effectively with less stress. This book emphasizes that the family be involved in the care and treatment of young people. The authors reveal methods for connecting with each family by reflecting their rules, roles, culture, rhythm, timing, and style. This book will help you: develop your proficiency with the Child and Youth Care Approach to working with families shift from working in residential-only programs to in-home family prevention create as many moments of connection as possible among family members learn what boundaries need to be maintained to gain credibility with families provide effective supervision for staff working with families create activity-oriented family-focused work to develop family relationships and more! The authors of A Child and Youth Care Approach to Working with Families offer unique insight into the successes and failures of those who have moved into this area of helping troubled youths and adolescents. Special features of this book include specific learning exercises and short stories and case scenarios for you to practice alone or with your colleagues, as well as tables and figures. This book will introduce students, practitioners, and programs directors fully to this latest development in the field and help them engage more effectively with families. All royalties from this book will go to support CYC-Net (www.cyc-net.org).

Professional Issues in Child and Youth Care Practice

Author: Kiaras Gharabaghi
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131798661X
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This book provides an overview of the core professional issues in the field of child and youth care practice. The author explores themes ranging from relationships and the exploration of Self to career building and field-specific approaches to management. The book is written from a pragmatic perspective, and serves both to advance current thinking in the field about professional issues as well as to provide the student of child and youth care practice and practitioners with practical and accessible approaches to developing a strong and sustainable professional identity. All of the themes in this book are explored within a context of ethical decision-making and practice approaches informed by a commitment to children’s rights and empowerment. Throughout the discussions, concepts and themes are considered in relation to four specific lenses: the power lens, the diversity lens, the language lens and the transitioning from theory to practice lens. These lenses serve to ensure that the reader adopts a critical understanding of the professional issues in the field and is able to develop his or her own professional identity while mitigating the power and identity issues necessarily associated with being a practitioner in a helping profession. This book was published as a special issue of Child and Youth Services.

Child Welfare League of America Standards of Excellence for Residential Group Care Services

Author: Child Welfare League of America
Publisher: CWLA Press (Child Welfare League of America)
ISBN: 9780878684625
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Since the inception of its program of Standards development, CWLA has formulated a series of Standards based on current knowledge, the developmental needs of children, and tested ways of meeting these needs effectively. The preparation of Standards involves an examination of current practices and the assumptions on which they are based; a survey of professional literature and standards developed by other groups; and a study of the most recent scientific findings of social work and related fields, such as child development, education, mental health, psychology, medicine, psychiatry, and sociology, as they bear on child welfare practice. The final formulation of each Standards volume follows extended discussion of principles and issues by committees of experts in each service, the drafting of a preliminary statement, and a critical review by CWLA member agencies and representatives of related professions and other national organizations. The format of each volume is similar: each Standard isnumbered, with subsumed elaboration, and is also cross-referenced and indexed. Standards volumes are three-hole punched, with their own cover/divider and identifying tab, and are packaged individually. Binders are available for purchase separately.

Interactive Youth Work Practice

Author: Mark A. Krueger
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
ISBN:
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Through essays, practice examples, and a curriculum outline, Interactive Youth Work Practice promotes the theory that youth develop in moments and interactions. These moments and interactions are enhanced when workers have the capacity to guide, teach, and learn, with sensitivity to youth's developmental capacities and readiness for growth and the multiples contexts in which interactions take place. Youth work should be viewed as a shared journey, with workers and youth going through the day learning and growing together!

Job Satisfaction for Child and Youth Care Workers

Author: Mark Krueger
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
ISBN: 9780878686049
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Job satisfaction may be defined in several ways. It is a feeling of fulfillment associated with working; it is also an attitude about various facets of a job, such as working conditions, supervision, and decisionmaking. Job satisfaction in child and youth care is crucial because at-risk children and families need competent, enthusiastic workers who can be depended upon. In this third edition, the premise is that job satisfaction comes from many personal sources and is nourished by supportive agency practices, daily interactions, and long-term goals.

Facing Forward

Author: David Crimmens
Publisher: Russell House Pub Limited
ISBN: 9781903855751
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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How can residential child care - in children's homes and all kinds of residential schools, for short or long periods - change from 'last resort' to a 'positive choice' for young people? Designed to stimulate thinking and debate about the necessary, purposeful and positive possibilities of group care for those who can no longer live at home, this book is organised around their rights... to care as well as within care. Building on messages from Positive Residential Practice (RHP 2000) it provides resources for investigating key aspects of theory and practice. It covers: the policy context; difference and diversity; the voice of children and young people; improving educational attainment; the dismal state of the secure estate. A section on group care theory and practice explores how staff, under pressure to be 'in control', may miss the significance of the support that young people can offer each other; and advises how staff can recognise the positive possibilities of the 'group' in group care.