Making links between different professional roles, policies and practices, this book equips you with the skills, knowledge and understandings that managers, practitioners and students need to work in integrated multiprofessional settings. The book draws on case studies to consider the dilemmas, challenges and complexities common within your workplaces.
Chapter 3: Participation and Multi-Professional Working
Participation and Multi-Professional Working
The chapter considers the suggestion that multi-professional working should be more sensitive to the views of children and families. The chapter draws from a case study of the participatory development of a one-point multi-disciplinary children's service in an English local government setting (the case study is included with the kind permission of Liam Cairns at Investing in Children Durham and we wish to acknowledge Liam's support with its development). This chapter examines different definitions of participation that have emerged within Childhood Studies and relates these to different conceptual ideas concerning participation. The chapter outlines different structures of participation that emerged in the Durham case study and that enabled local people to influence decision-making processes. Such structures are contrasted and compared to relational approaches to participation that seek to foster ...