Residential Child Care: Collaborative Practice is an innovative book which addresses the specific context of modern residential child care while promoting collaborative practice within a wider social work setting. The book analyzes the collaborative role of organizations, field workers, parents, teachers, and children, and stresses how these interprofessional relationships are crucial to ensuring children’s wellbeing. Comprehensive and accessible, the book includes learning outcomes, activities, and case studies to help aid students’ understanding. The book successfully balances its theoretical context with a focus on practice, making it an invaluable resource for students and practitioners. It will be useful for social work and social care students, trainee residential workers, and professionals who have an interest in working with looked after children.



Purpose and Stance of the Text

It is the contention of this book that the various forms of residential care for children have a valuable part to play in the range of services available to support children, young people and their families. In this introduction, we will be exploring the overarching themes of the book, and explain our rationale behind the use of the central terminology.

This book is intended primarily as a textbook for students on social work courses and we introduce the reader to the place that ‘collaborative practice’ has in the new curriculum for the honours degree in social work.

Before proceeding further it is important to note that the term ‘residential child care’ refers to many different types of ‘home’ or accommodation. The ...

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