Working together with fellow professionals across different sectors of children's services is central to good practice for all those who work with children and young people. This book looks at how children's services can work together more effectively; by taking an approach that is grounded in research, the book engages critically with both the benefits and the pitfalls of integrated working.

The importance of relationships, roles, responsibilities and strategic planning is discussed, and chapters cover:

What integrated working looks like in practice; How early years services work; Ethnicity; Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS); Disability and integrated working

The book encourages the reader to reflect on their own background and how this influences their view of specific children, families and fellow professionals, as well as their own practice. Suitable for all those working with children and young people from Birth to 19 in any aspect of children's services, this book will ensure professionals work together successfully to the benefit of all.



Chapter Overview

This chapter outlines the key aims and rationale of this book. Before summarising the key arguments, you are encouraged to see the book as an academic and practical text that employs case studies and activities to enable you to get to grips with structures, concepts and relationships in integrated services.

An Integrated Text

Very few books take a truly integrated approach to writing about integrated children's services. In the main they are dominated by a specific subject bias e.g. either family work, community care, child protection, disability, early years, social work, etc. I have tried to overcome this problem by drawing from research and evaluation that I have undertaken in a range of services (health, education, early years, disability, family support and youth/community education). There ...

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