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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.

Social Workers and Residential Workers: The Key Collaborative Relationship
Social workers and residential workers: The key collaborative relationship
Introduction

Social workers and residential workers occupy a central place in the lives of children in care. They provide the vital human element which translates statutory duties into the reality of being in care. In this chapter we will look at the tasks undertaken by social workers and residential workers, and will explore the centrality of collaborative practice to their tasks. It is argued that the relationship between the social worker and the residential worker is the key professional relationship in ensuring positive outcomes for the child or young person in care. We will look at the day-to-day work of each of these practitioners, examine their roles in the ...

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