Across 30 chapters, a team of experienced teachers and practitioners introduce the fundamental professional issues concerning children, young people and their families in the 21st century. 'Working with Children and Families' explores the diverse contexts in which children develop, and the policies and practices that directly affect them - essential knowledge for effective practice.
Offering a multidisciplinary approach, this inclusive text gives a broad range of perspectives to support the study of children and childhood. Take a look inside to discover more about:
Key policies and agendas: introduces the policies, agendas and government guidance that serve as the foundation of children's services
Contemporary issues: tackles complex topics such as anti-discriminatory and ethical practice, child protection and safeguarding
Reflective practice: offers reflective activities throughout to help you engage, understand and apply knowledge in practice
Diversity: helps you understand the variety of backgrounds and experiences children may have - from sociological, psychological, educational and cultural perspectives
Integrative working: focuses holistically on the child, rather than on specific professional approaches, offering insight into important themes in all areas of work with children.
This text offers a broad basis from which to launch into any area of work or study involving children, including early years, social work, education, social policy, nursing, sociology and childhood studies. It is great introductory reading for foundation and undergraduate degree level students.
ROBERT ADAMS is a highly successful author who has published numerous titles across many disciplines. He is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of Teesside, UK. His vast experience includes directing a community-based centre working with children and families for Barnardo's.
PART I: INTRODUCING WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.- Working together with children and families; Robert Adams.- History and traditions in education and care; Robert Adams.- PART II: SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON CHILDHOOD AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT.- The social construction of childhood; Michael Wyness.- Social & emotional development; Jim McKechnie and Sandy Hobbs.- Understanding right and wrong; Jim McKechnie and Sandy Hobbs.- Developing through play; Robert Adams and Lesley Jessiman .- Perspectives on how children develop and learn; Elizabeth A. Boyle.- PART III: THE CHILD AND FAMILY LIFE.- The family in social context; Neil Thompson.- The influence of parents, siblings and friends; Lesley Jessiman and Robert Adams.- Parenting & family relationships in context; Terence O'Sullivan.- Working with young carers & their families; Robert Adams.- Working with children through family break-up & reconstitution; Robert Adams.- Working with children through adoption & fostering; Robert Adams .- Working with children through residential care; Robert Adams .- Children, grieving and loss; Maggie Jackson.- PART IV: ETHICS, VALUES AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE.- Working ethically with children; Alison Cocks and Robert Adams.- Participation by children, parents and carers; Pat Watson and Wade Tovey.- Inequality, exclusion and equality-based practice; Robert Adams.- Working with challenging and difficult children; Robert Adams, Terry Thomas and David Thompson.- PART V: CHILD WELFARE.- Promoting health, safety & well-being of children; Robert Adams.- Child mental wellbeing; Terence O'Sullivan.- Parental mental health and child wellbeing; Jennifer Newton.- Safeguarding children; Liz Davies.- Assessment and intervention in work with children in need; Robert Adams.- PART VI: DIVERSITY and DIFFERENCE.- Inclusive practice and diversity in religious family life; Jan Horwath and Janet Lees.- Working with Challenges to Children's Identities; Robert Adams .- Young children with physical impairments; Pat Higham.- Working with children with learning disabilities; Alison Cocks.- Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Travellers; Robert Adams.- Concluding Comment; Robert Adams.