Developing Good Practice in Children s Services

Author: Vicky White
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781846420788
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book is concerned with how social workers and managers can engage reflectively and proactively with changes in children's services. Vicky White and John Harris have drawn together the contributors' experiences of working with children in a broad range of settings, emphasising ways in which the current context of change can be used as an opportunity to enhance the quality of service provision and achieve better outcomes for children and their families. The authors examine approaches to the assessment of children in need and the analysis of risk, and consider the impact of poverty and social divisions on children's lives. Highlighting key concepts, such as community development and multi-agency interventions, they anticipate likely policy developments for the future. Examples are provided of the planning and implementation of new initiatives including: · preventive education to protect children · positive reinforcement of children's cultural heritage · therapeutic approaches to sexually inappropriate behaviour · training programmes for foster carers. The real-life material on which the book draws can be used as source material by students undertaking qualifying programmes in health, social care and social work and by more experienced professionals to reflect on their own practice, particularly if they are undertaking post-qualifying courses – a timely resource for all staff and students seeking to develop good practice in children's services.

Guide to Developing Good Practice in Childhood Bereavement Services

Author: Alison Penny
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1907969403
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Whether you are setting up a new or are already delivering a childhood bereavement service, you will find useful information in this book. The starting point is a discussion of the importance of good practice in childhood bereavement services, but the ebook will be useful as a reference when specific issues in developing or reviewing your policy and procedures arise.

Managing Children s Homes

Author: Sarah Byford
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781846427367
Format: PDF, ePub
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Managing Children's Homes focuses on leadership, effective management, the allocation of resources, and ensuring positive outcomes for young people in residential care. The book develops an interdisciplinary understanding of what needs to be taken into account when establishing and maintaining good practice on behalf of young people living in children's homes. The authors explain the considerable variation in quality achieved by children's homes and how this relates to management style, working environment and staff structures. The skills and qualities that make effective managers of homes are explored. These, along with factors such as the provision of resources, are investigated to demonstrate how to attain a successful children's home environment and longer-term achievement for looked-after children. Based on innovative, DfES-funded, interdisciplinary research, this book will be essential reading for staff and managers in children's care homes and will also be of interest to students, policy-makers and directors of social services.

Developing Good Practice in Community Care

Author: Vicky White
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781853028908
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book presents guidelines for good practice in community care work. It describes the planning and implementation of pioneering initiatives in the community, analyses their effectiveness and outlines their practical implications.

Good Practice in the Early Years

Author: Janet Kay
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0826490042
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An accessible comprehensive guide to good practice in the early years for all early years and childcare students and practitioners.

Therapeutic Residential Care For Children and Youth

Author: James K Whittaker
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 0857008331
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Therapeutic Residential Care For Children and Youth takes a fresh look at therapeutic residential care as a powerful intervention in working with the most troubled children who need intensive support. Featuring contributions from distinguished international contributors, it critically examines current research and innovative practice and addresses the key questions: how does it work, what are its critical “active ingredients” and does it represent value for money? The book covers a broad spectrum of established and emerging approaches pioneered around with world, with contributors from the USA, Canada, Scandinavia, Spain, Australia, Israel and the UK offering a mix of practice and research exemplars. The book also looks at the research relating to critical issues for child welfare service providers: the best time to refer children to residential care, how children can be helped to make the transition into care, the characteristics of children entering and exiting care, strategies for engaging families as partners, how the substantial cost of providing intensive is best measured against outcomes, and what research and development challenges will allow therapeutic residential care to be rigorously compared with its evidence-based community-centered alternatives. Importantly, the volume also outlines how to set up and implement intensive child welfare services, considering how transferable they are, how to measure success and value for money, and the training protocols and staffing needed to ensure that a programme is effective. This comprehensive volume will enable child welfare professionals, researchers and policymakers to develop a refined understanding of the potential of therapeutic residential care, and to identify the highest and best uses of this intensive and specialized intervention.

Child Care and Early Education

Author: Jennie Lindon
Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA
ISBN: 9781861527226
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Child Care and Early Education has been written as a course companion to all major level 3 childcare qualifications including the CACHE Diploma in Early Years Care and Education, S/NVQ Early Years Care and Education and BTEC National in Early Years. Written from a more practical angle than existing childcare texts, Child Care and Early Education successfully covers the theory associated with all aspects of care and education for the under eights. Suitable for use as a course textbook with a supervisor, college tutor or NVQ assessor, Child Care and Early Education will also be valuable for practitioners who want to extend their own practice. It offers advice on building your own portfolio, learning to use resources and continued professional development. Written in an accessible and lively style, Child Care and Early Education is up to date on current childcare practice. It offers support, information and practical suggestions for practitioners in all types of early years and out of school care settings and also for readers working in a family home as nannies and childminders. Highly successful and established author Jennie Lindon offers different perspectives on some challenging issues often omitted from childcare texts.

Integrating Children s Services

Author: Clive Miller
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781898531807
Format: PDF, ePub
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It is undoubtedly true that integrating children's services should bring tremendous benefits to children, their families and carers. The question is how to achieve successful integration. This book is a practical guide to the complex and challenging task. It is based on a series of OPM cross-sector management learning networks on integrating children's services, combined with what the authors have learned from their consultancy and research work. consequences: improved outcomes for children, young people and their families should be the guiding principle for service integration; outcomes are produced through the combined efforts of children, their families and communities and those of service providers; organisations should rethink their mainstream and specialist services so that they link not only with one another but also with children, their families and communities, who are co-producers of outcomes; rethinking and integrating services will require changes in the way organisations are governed and managed; and children and their families should be directly involved in the new governance and management arrangements. integration as well as practical exercises to try out.

Children s Services in the Developing World

Author: Najat M'Jid
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351952218
Format: PDF
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Children’s services in The Developing World brings together evidence relating to the health and development of children in the global South. It is essential reading for students, scientists, policy makers and practitioners in economically developing countries. The book deals with the effects of catastrophe, disease, war and poverty on children's development. There is strong coverage of the ways in which children cope with even the most inauspicious of circumstances. Evidence is provided on the incidence of impairment to health and development. As well as establishing the risks to child well-being in the economic South, the book shows how to intervene to address those risks. Examples of good practice rigorously evaluated will be of interest to everyone seeking to improve the lives of children, whether that be in economically developed or developing nations.