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Critical practice with children and young people

Martin Robb, Rachel Thomson
Paperback, 312 pages, 240 x 172 mm
Other formats available
21 Jul 2010


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"This is an exciting and challenging collection of papers which will really help the reader to consider key contemporary issues of integrated services. It clarifies core issues for all those working with children and young people at a practice and policy level and it will help them to identify the relevant questions to ask before working out what needs to be done and how."
Gill Frances, OBE, former Director of Children's Development at the National Children's Bureau
"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. The book presents the arguments in an accessible and readable fashion and is well written, thoughtful and challenging."
Dr. Simon Bradford, Reader in Social Sciences, Brunel University

About This Book

This reader provides a critical perspective on work with children and young people at a time of change. Written by experts with a wide range of academic and professional experience, it examines the ways that ideas inform practice, explores recent changes in the organisation of services, especially moves towards greater integration, and explores what it means to be a critical, reflective practitioner. Covering the whole age range from early years to youth, the book will be relevant to anyone working with children and young people, for example in social work, education, healthcare, youth work, youth justice and leisure services

Author Biography

Martin Robb is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University. His research interests include fatherhood, masculinity and childcare, and young people, identity and relationships. Rachel Thomson is Professor of Social Research at the Open University. She is a sociologist and has published widely in areas of childhood and youth studies, motherhood, sexuality and research methods.


Introduction - Martin Robb and Rachel Thomson
Section one: The conceptual context: Children's perspectives informing professional welfare practice - Maria Eriksson and Keith Pringle
The impact of devolution on policies for children in Scotland - Jane Aldgate
Walking on egg shells: multiculturalism, gender and domestic violence - Heidi Safia Mirza
Theorising development, constructing normal childhoods - Lindsay O'Dell
Meeting the needs of pregnant and parenting teenagers using research: pointers for practice - Lisa Arai
Children and 'green well fair' - Jane Franklin
Section two: The organisational context: Integrated services, inter-professional working and the development of effective practice with children, young people and their families - Barry Luckock
Multi-agency practice and professional identity - Anna Souhami
Leadership, management and managerialism - Adrian Kelly
Professionalism and professionalisation - Andy Rixon
Men wanted: gender and the children's workforce - Martin Robb
Section three: The personal and professional context: Identities in context: the professional identities of early years workers - Jayne Osgood
The making of a good teacher in the twentieth century - Jane Martin
Shifting the goalposts: researching pupils at risk of social exclusion - Val Gillies and Yvonne Robinson
The personal is political: feminist youth work and intergenerational exchange - Janet Batsleer
Crossing and defending boundaries: teachers becoming mothers - Rachel Thomson
An alternative holistic practice? Reflection as a tool for understanding the whole self in children and young people's nursing - Sue Higham.


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