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ERIC Number: ED525561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct-5
Pages: 206
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-4156-1847-2
The Transformation of Children's Services: Examining and Debating the Complexities of Inter/Professional Working
Forbes, Joan, Ed.; Watson, Cate, Ed.
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Can we imagine different ways of working together to secure better outcomes for children and families? What are the complex issues that underlie the apparently simple call for "joined-up" services? Children's services in many countries around the world are being transformed as part of the call for "joined-up working for joined-up solutions". Social, health and educational policy discourses are driven by the idea that "effective" inter/professional, interagency collaboration is crucial in determining whether service delivery to children and families will succeed or fail. However, the rapid turn from previous inter/professional practices of liaison, consultancy, cooperation and collaboration to more radical and wholescale service integration and sector transformation has not been accompanied either by a well considered research agenda of hard questions nor close scrutiny of its effects and consequences. The book asks a series of searching and challenging questions: (1) What are the complex issues involved in children's sector transformation for all those involved--young people, practitioners, leaders and managers, policy makers?; (2) How can the "silos" in which professionals have traditionally been prepared for practice be broken down?; and (3) What are the orthodoxies that surround "joined-up" working and in what ways should they be challenged? Written by authors from across the wide range of professional, policy and disciplinary groups involved in this new cross-cutting area of policy and practice, this book provides a critical analysis of the complexities of children's services transformations. The research in this collection addresses the range of discursive, policy and organizational developments associated with the transformation of children's services, providing an important and timely analysis of their complexities and is essential reading for all those working in the complex spaces of children's services. This book is divided into five parts. Part I, Introduction, contains the following: (1) Introducing the Complexities of Inter/Professional Working (Joan Forbes and Cate Watson). Part II, Policy, Theory, Discourse: The Complexities of Collaborative Working, contains the following: (2) Complexity, Identity, Failure: Contemporary Challenges to Working Together (Andrew Cooper); (3) Partnerships: The Politics Of Agendas and Policy Implementation (Andrew Eccles); (4) Transprofessional Social Capital in Children's Services: Dis/Connects in Policy and Practice (Joan Forbes); and (5) For Whom the Bell Tolls: Education, Care and the Possibility of Professional Practice in Uncertain Times (Ian Stronach and John Clarke). Part III, Preparing Practitioners and Leaders for Inter/Professional Practice: Identities, Connections, Knowledges, contains the following: (6) Social Capital Connections: Troublesome Knowledge and Early Career Practitioners (James McGonigal and Julie McAdam); (7) Perspectives On Identity: Being and Becoming a Headteacher Michael (Cowie and Megan Crawford); (8) Professional Identities: Developing Leaders for Inter/Professional Practice (Gary Crow); and (9) The Challenge of Articulating a Common Language: Cat and the Socially Constituted Self (Ian Kerr). Part IV, Questioning the Orthodoxies of Collaboration, contains the following: (10) Transforming Social Work Identities: Towards a European Model? (Mark Smith); (11) Emergent Spaces: Looking for the Civic and the Civil Initial Professional Education (Julie Allan); (12) The Pretty Story of "Joined-Up Working": Questioning Interagency Partnership (Cate Watson); and (13) Probing the Limits of Collaboration: Professional Identity and Institutional Power (Walter Humes). Part V, Conclusion, contains the following: (14) Inter/Professional Children's Services: Complexities, Transformations and Futures.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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