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 4: Integrated Children's Services and Ethnicity
Integrated Children's Services and Ethnicity
This chapter includes extracts from the executive summary report of a project carried out with Andy Hancock of the University of Edinburgh. These are included with the kind permission of Andy Hancock. This chapter considers the findings from a study in Scotland into early years services for black and minority ethnic families (Davis and Hancock, 2007). It considers how integrated children and family services can be located within communities, enable employment opportunities, and take into account users’ experiences of services. It asks readers to compare the case study to approaches from outside the UK (e.g. Canada) and to their own practice/organisational systems. It encourages practitioners to move beyond stereotypes of ‘minority ethnic’ children and families ...