This much-needed book examines the implications of the 'Every Child Matters' (ECM) national and local framework for working with children. It analyses the key issues from the perspective of the different professions that make up the 'new children's workforce' and explores interprofessional considerations.
The book includes practice issues and case examples from health, education, social work, playwork, children's centres and early years, and considers the opportunities and challenges presented by the current agenda. It will be widely welcomed by tutors and practitioners alike, enabling readers to make sense of the legislation and national guidance, and to understand better the new agendas for children's services.
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Richard Barker is Professor in Child Welfare in the School of Health, Community and Education Studies at Northumbria University. He is a qualified social worker and teacher who has extensive practice, evaluation and consultancy experience of children's services in the UK and Europe.
Contents: Introduction: making sense of Every Child Matters - Richard Barker; Beginning to understand Every Child Matters - Richard Barker
Inter-professional working and the Children's Workforce - Alison I. Machin and Pamela Graham; Education and Every Child Matters - Pat Broadhead and Doug Martin; Early years, childcare and Every Child Matters - Joan Santer and Lindey Cookson; Children's centres and Every Child Matters - Sue Barker; Nursing and Every Child Matters - Steve Campbell and Judith Hunter; Maternity care and Every Child Matters - Fiona Hutchinson; Playwork and Every Child Matters - Lesli Godfrey; Social work and Every Child Matters - Richard Barker and Sue Barker; Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Every Child Matters - Allan Brownrigg; Every Child Matters: current possibilities, future opportunities, and challenges? - Richard Barker.
"This book has been invaluable for my foundation degree in learning support. There are so many new pieces of legislation and government policies to wade through this book just put it all into place and, yes, it made sense. Individual chapters on Early years, Children's Centres, Nursing, maternity care, playwork, social work and mental health makes it a real winner across lots of different specialisms. I particularly liked the fact it doesn't look at new legislation through rose tinted specs - it's down to earth, forthright and recognises there are many issues to inter-professional collaboration". Five-Star Amazon Review
"... this is an excellent guide and I would recommend it, not just to social work students and practitioners, but also to those working in any discipline with children and their families." Professional Social Work
"'... very much an example of a book doing just what it says on the label. It is a must-have for all those working with, planning for or studying the health and social care of children and their families." Charlotte Pearson in Community Care 2009
"This book provides child practitioners in public, private and voluntary settings with a valuable text to guide their practice. It is an essential text for students studying for child and young people's care qualifications and undergraduate studies, while post-graduate students will find it an excellent reference resource." Brenda Roberts, Head, Department of Child Health and Social Care, Edge Hill University
"Richard Barker and his fellow contributors have produced an impressive and detailed analysis of the practice implications of Every Child Matters. I am delighted to recommend this book to all those working with children and young people." Michael Leadbetter, Chair, Children's Workforce Development Council