This valuable textbook for advanced students and practitioners helps readers cultivate a deeper knowledge and critical understanding of the contexts in which practice with children and young people takes place, and to develop as critical reflective practitioners.
This new edition is substantially updated to reflect the changes in the field since the publication of the first edition. It contains additional chapters discussing new and emerging topics including:
•key theoretical perspectives for critical practice
•the politics of child protection
•working with grieving children
•the impact of devolution on policy and practice with children and young people.
Giving equal attention to practice with both children and young people, this book will be essential both for students and for practitioners in fields such as social work, education, health care and related fields.
‘This new edition is an enormously valuable resource for students and practitioners who want an up-to-date, expert and wide-ranging exploration of the changing policy and professional contexts that shape work with children and young people’. Robert MacDonald, University of Huddersfield
'A marvellous resource for students and practitioners - theoretically grounded, accessible and rich in practical and contemporary examples of critical practice with children and young people. A very timely contribution and ‘must read’!' Wendy Sims-Schouten, University of Portsmouth
‘Looking at the intersections between policy, practice and theory, this book is a must-have for anyone working with children and young people, or those aiming to develop a career in this field through their studies.’ Francesca Salvi, University of Portsmouth
Martin Robb is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at The Open University.
Heather Montgomery is a Reader in the Anthropology of Childhood at The Open University.
Rachel Thomson is a Professor of Childhood and Youth Studies at the University of Sussex.
Introduction ~ Martin Robb and Heather Montgomery;
Part One: Conceptual contexts;
Critical practice in work with children and young people: perspectives from research ~ Phil Jones, Christos Charitou, Daniel Mercieca and Ximena Poblete;
Meeting the needs of pregnant and parenting teenagers using research: pointers for practice ~ Lisa Arai;
‘New experts’ in the history of child protection ~ Jennifer Crane;
‘I blame the parents’: families, experts and the state ~ Heather Montgomery and Victoria Cooper;
Working effectively with African Caribbean young women: an intersectional approach ~ Jenny Douglas;
Devolution and children’s rights in the United Kingdom ~ Osian Rees;
Part Two: Professional contexts;
Children’s perspectives informing professional welfare practice: a comparative view ~ Maria Eriksson and Keith Pringle;
Beyond talk: learning from children and young people experiencing a family health crisis ~ Victoria Cooper, Jane Payler and Stephanie Bennett;
Childcare social work: perspectives on the professional ~ Andy Rixon;
Multiagency practice and professional identity ~ Anna Souhami;
Materialising professionalism in the nursery: exploring the intimate connection between critique and creation ~ Jayne Osgood;
Wanted men? Gendered discourses in work with children and young people ~ Martin Robb;
Part Three: Personal contexts;
The making of a good teacher: past, present and future perspectives ~ Jane Martin;
The personal, professional and maternal in children’s services ~ Sue Higham;
Working with children experiencing disenfranchised grief: the use of supervision and reflection ~ Andy Taylor;
“Well you would say that…” Tales of parental/professional/personal experience ~ Jonathan Rix.