• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

“The first text to systematically address the learning needs of post-qualifying child care social workers. Soundly organized and engagingly written with useful summaries and reflective exercises for students, it is a very fine text that will be widely used.”

– Nick Pike, University of Gloucestershire

This textbook provides an overview of the Post Qualifying Child Care Award in social work. Written in response to recent policy and training guidelines, it provides the underpinning knowledge for candidates following the Post Qualifying curriculum. It helps child care social workers acquire and develop the breadth of knowledge and understanding that characterise best practice.

Key Features

  • Includes chapters on reflective collaborative and critical practice; child development; child observation; case management and managing risk; working in partnership with children and families; inter-professional working and practice education
  • Offers links to the relevant post qualifying standards for social work
  • Presents contributions from a team of practice assessors and program candidates
  • Provides a practice-based approach — clearly links theory, research and practice
  • Gives an inter-professional perspective
  • Incorporates case studies, activities and points for reflection that encourage the reader to develop ways of challenging and improving their own practice

The book equips social workers with the relevant training, knowledge and skills to improve the quality of services and their delivery. With an emphasis upon continuing professional development, this text is suitable for social workers studying for the Child Care Award, those already in practice and other social care professionals working with children.

Every Child Matters and the Context for Inter-Professional and Inter-Agency Practice
Every child matters and the context for inter-professional and inter-agency practice
Chapter Learning Aims
  • To outline the current policy context for inter-professional and inter-agency practice
  • To reflect on the wider significance of the Every Child Matters agenda and Government priorities
  • To introduce complex inter-personal challenges involved in the implementation of Government's endeavours to join agencies and professionals in collaborative practice

This chapter introduces several key social policy directions that provide the context of contemporary collaborative practice. In the course of the chapter some policy directions are examined and a number of enduring themes are identified. They include a continued thrust for regulatory, proceduralised and instrumental practice, as well as the encouragement of new, emergent professional groupings, a development which ...

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