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.

Accessing Support through Outreach

Accessing support through outreach

Chapter Overview

This chapter explores how a child's transition can be supported by an outreach worker based in a children's centre. The primary purpose of this role is to engage families so that they access services that have the potential to help them improve their lives. However, the role of outreach worker is relatively new. Many professionals working with young children do not know it exists or, at best, do not understand what an outreach worker does. Some professionals perceive the role as a threat to their own professional heritage (Anning et al., 2006). The case study in this chapter offers the reader insight into the work of an outreach worker and the way she works with a child ...

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