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.

Understanding Organisations and Groups in the Context of Collaborative Practice

Understanding organisations and groups in the context of collaborative practice


Collaborative practice by its very nature implies involvement of two or more people. Practitioners participate in many group activities, especially formal and informal meetings. This chapter will look at the behaviour of people in groups or organisations. It is important to think about this area in order to analyse more clearly what is happening when staff from different organisations try to work together. The chapter will take a brief look at organisations and how they can have an impact upon collaborative practice. It will then go on to look at the nature of groups and how this can have an effect on relationships. During the discussion, ...

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