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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.
Chapter 1: Perceptions and Realities in Residential Child Care
Perceptions and Realities in Residential Child Care
Residential child care in the UK has changed markedly over the past 25 years or so. We have moved away from large institutions to small scale units and into an era of regulation. Additionally, residential child care's relationship with other services has changed. Perhaps one aspect that has remained is the critique to which residential child care has been subjected over the years. This book will seek to explore the importance of collaborative practice in residential child care and suggest some ways in which it could be improved. However, it is our contention that it is not only residential care which has to examine itself. We would argue that many of the ...