This interdisciplinary core textbook looks at learning and development from birth to 19 years, and provides an accessible introduction to the common areas of study across the many roles supporting learning and development. There is coverage of common themes and issues, and theory is closely integrated with practice throughout. Chapters cover: physical development, cognitive development, social and emotional development, professionalism, leadership, quality and effectiveness, working with families, safeguarding and promoting well-being, transitions, and equality and inclusion.

Reflection points, workplace activities and professional development planners are all included, and these challenge readers and students to critically engage with theory in their own practice. The book focuses on the key areas of knowledge that all those working with children are required to study, and places them firmly in the context of working together to support children and young people.

Children and Young People's Services in Context

Children and young people's services in context
MarkPrice and NadiaEdmond

Chapter Overview

This chapter examines the concept of policy and discusses how national social and educational policy impacts on the shape and direction of the work done with children and young people, with a particular focus on recent years. The chapter aims to provide an overview of current policy and its impact on service provision as well as providing an introduction to the understanding and critiquing of policy discourse. Overall themes and trends, such as the move towards targeted and integrated services, are also considered.

By reading and engaging with the activities in this chapter, you will:

  • become aware of the range of policies and service development initiatives which have shaped children and ...
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