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Written for professionals working with children and young people who require support, assessment, or intervention at home or in school, this interdisciplinary book explores everything from the legislative background and foundations of ideas in the social sciences, to dealing with children's distress, fear, or special needs in professional practice. This book is an excellent resource for those who either work with children in CAMHS settings, social work, youth work, counseling, psychology, general education and special educational needs, or who are undertaking professional training in any of the above fields.

Introduction
Introduction

There are persons who are endeavouring to situate their own lives in preferred stories and to embrace their own knowledge, but who are finding it difficult to do so because of the dominant and disqualifying stories or knowledges that others can have about them and their relationships.

(White, 1989, in Billington, 2002:38)

As we are urged to contemplate a new era of providing services to children and young people, what are the principles that will underpin new frameworks of professional practice and to what extent will any changes, at root, be either cosmetic or driven by economic considerations?

A particular view has been gaining popularity for over twenty years now that professionals need to find new ways of working together in order to address all the many ...

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