Designed to facilitate professional development and critical reflection in the leadership of services for children and families, this book will enhance the understanding of readers from a range of disciplines and at varying levels of study. Packed with case studies depicting the experiences of children and their families in transition and exploring a wide range of scenarios, the chapters:

Explore transitions from a range of perspectives; Discuss the value of developing collaborative practice in deepening awareness of children's views and experiences; Explore the impact of practitioner inquiry; Look at examples of contemporary practice; Consider the ethics, policies and law relating to current issues; Enrich the reader's understanding of professional responsibility

Each chapter contains a chapter overview, a case study and suggestions for further reading. This book is relevant to all practitioners working with young children and their families and to all those studying early childhood.

Experiencing the Death of a Parent

Experiencing the death of a parent

Chapter Overview

The death of a parent can be one of the most traumatic transitions that a child encounters and the effect of this significant change in a child's life can have devastating and long-term consequences. For the child, and any surviving parent, this life-altering event can bring confusion, disruption and anguish. This chapter will explore some of the experiences expressed following the sudden and unexpected death of a parent. It aims to show how ‘listening to the voice of the child’ can improve the support offered at this difficult time. The chapter is written by a health visitor. Health visitors are trained nurses who have received additional specialist training in public health and are ...

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