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.

What Do We Mean by Collaborative Practice?

What do we mean by collaborative practice?


We hope that this chapter will set the scene for the main topic of this book, by examining what we mean when we speak about collaborative practice. It will introduce the reader to the range of terminology which is used in this area. It will look at some of the practitioners involved and begin to address the roles of children and parents in collaborative practice. It will explore some of the barriers to collaborative practice and serves as a baseline for the chapters which follow. In particular, the chapter addresses the part of the QAA Benchmark Statement (2000) which deals with social work services and service users, by beginning to explore some ...

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