Changing children’s services: working and learning together focuses on the on-going and fundamental changes to children’s services across the U.K. in the context of the drive towards increasingly integrated ways of working. The new edition of this bestselling textbook critically examines the potential and reality of closer ‘working together’ and asks whether such new ways of working will be able to respond more effectively to the needs and aspirations of children and their families. The fully updated second edition also explores the experience of working in a constantly changing environment and the impact of change on workplace cultures and on children and their families, and policy towards parenting and concepts for practice. It includes a new introduction with a helpful overview of current key issues and new case studies to illustrate the reality of practice today . This book contributes to crucial debates about the knowledge and skills essential for work with children and with parents in the childcare, health, social care and educational children’s services.
"A valuable introduction to organisational complexity in the workplace...essential reading for social work trainees and others new to the changing world of children's services." Research, Planning and Policy
“Essential reading for students.” Social Policy and Social Work (SWAP)
"This book helps all of us to think about the importance of practitioners and agencies working together to consider and support children and families from a range of perspectives. It is a really useful contribution to thinking positively about the importance of listening to, and evaluating, the views of all those involved in working with children - especially the children themselves." Trevor Evans, Consultant and Social Worker
"Good, up-to-date text." Kathryn Charles, York College.
Pam Foley is a Senior Lecturer at the Open University. Her main interests are social and educational policy and practice affecting children and young people.
Andy Rixon is a lecturer at the Open University who has written on social work education and childcare practice.