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 6: Inter-Professional Collaboration: Working with Health and Education Professionals
Inter-Professional Collaboration: Working with Health and Education Professionals
There has been rising concern about the health status of looked-after children and their very low levels of educational attainment. While for many children problems in these areas precede admission to out-of-home care it has become apparent that insufficient attention has been paid to them while the children are in care. The demand that social workers and residential workers pay more attention to the health and education of their charges has coincided with the policy drive towards more ‘joined-up’ working and the belief that the professions are operating in ‘silos’ that need ‘breaking down’. This chapter will provide evidence of some of the deficiencies in the health and education of ...