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 6: Participation, Disabled Young People and Integrated Children's Services
Participation, Disabled Young People and Integrated Children's Services
This chapter includes a short summary of a report written with John Hogan and Kathryn Burns (Davis et al., 2006). Many thanks go to John and Kathryn for enabling me to use the summary.
This chapter considers writing in disability and childhood studies that promotes the involvement of disabled children in service development. It discusses the findings from a specific project that aimed to build relationships between service providers and disabled young people. It also considers the project's problems, whether the project enabled disabled children and young people's views to influence policy making/service delivery, and the tensions between individual children's rights based approaches and the notion that children and families ...