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 7: Analysing Participation in Local Authorities: A Politically Nuanced Holistic Approach
Analysing Participation in Local Authorities: A Politically Nuanced Holistic Approach
This chapter includes a summary of reports written for Investing in Children and is included with the kind permission of Liam Cairns.
This case study draws from two evaluations carried out on behalf of Investing in Children (IiC) in 2007. IiC is a children's rights organisation in England which runs a membership scheme for children's services who work in participatory ways. It carries out specific projects/events, enables participatory processes and develops participation strategies with children/young people in local authority areas. This chapter discusses how this organisation enabled children and young people to be involved in local decision-making in a range of local services (e.g. schools, libraries, ...