Residential Child Care: Collaborative Practice

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Ian Milligan & Irene Stevens

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    Acknowledgements

    This book has been the outcome of a collaborative effort. In undertaking it we had certain factors in our favour from the outset: an agreed outcome, similar professional backgrounds, the same employer, and a shared outlook which values both residential work and social work. Many of our colleagues in the field do not always have these advantages when starting out on a piece of collaborative work. Nevertheless, we faced many challenges, not least the fact that this was the first book that either of us had written!

    As we drafted our chapters we exchanged them, and had to get used to seeing our colleague's red pen put through our carefully crafted paragraphs! So we had to develop a greater level of trust in each other. Though there has been a lead writer for each chapter we have both contributed to them all. We are sure that we could not have produced a book such as this on our own, and while we cannot be the judges of the outcome, we commend a collaborative approach to you.

    We were not working in a vacuum and we want to acknowledge the encouragement of our editor, Zoe Elliott, and the support of our colleagues in the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care. Everybody in SIRCC is involved in the interfaces between education and practice, training and research, and depends on numerous collaborations, not least with each other, to get anything done. This book is respectfully dedicated to you all.

    We also want to acknowledge the general support provided to researchers in the Glasgow School of Social Work through the regular meetings of the writers group facilitated by Rowena Murray and Andy Kendrick.

    We wish to offer our thanks to Linda Gilgannon, Curriculum Leader (Health Care) at Motherwell College, Aileen Kennedy, lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Strathclyde and Jane Prior, lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee. They gave us very helpful comments on some of the professional issues and ethical codes in relation to health, teaching and social work.

    The process of writing this book has been supported by our families. So Irene would like to thank Kirsty and Graeme, and also Peter and Ken, and Ian thanks Eildon for her support and tolerance.

    Finally, Irene would like to thank Ian for starting this whole process and giving her the confidence to keep going. Ian would like to thank Irene for keeping him to deadlines, problem-solving and coming up with an endless stream of good ideas!

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