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.

Adopting Steven: A Chain of Transitions

Adopting steven: A chain of transitions

Chapter Overview

This is an exploration of the impact of transitions. The focus is on how change has affected a child, Steven, and his family. The aim is to offer the reader some conclusions from the experiences that will raise practitioners' awareness of good practice when they are working with families dealing with similar challenges and to suggest some tentative solutions for some of the challenges Steven and his family faced. In this chapter the chain of transitions that made up Steven's early years and impacted on him and his family are outlined. They include the transitions experienced when his family adopted him and when they learned that he had special needs as well as ...

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