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.

Positive about Parents: Working in Partnership

Positive about parents: Working in partnership


In Britain, as in much of the developed world, there has been an emphasis on moving from a narrowly child-centred to a more ‘child and family-centred’ approach to residential care (Villiotti, 1995). Although their primary responsibility remains the rights, health and development of the child, residential staff have been expected to engage with the child and their family, especially their parents. This trend has been particularly strong since the passing of the 1989 Children Act, although recognition of the continuing significance of parents to separated children goes much further back, arguably to the 1946 Curtis Committee report. The UNCRC also strongly emphasises the child's right to a family life, and the right of separated ...

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