ERIC Number: EJ720915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-1
Reference Count: 71
Children, Families and Interagency Work: Experiences of Partnership Work in Primary Education Settings
British Educational Research Journal, v31 n6 p675-695 Dec 2005
Despite UK government initiatives intended to address social exclusion, those with poor access to social and economic resources continue to experience unresponsive services. In these circumstances, small inter-agency projects may offer accessible alternatives. This article explores the implementation of inter-agency work at a local level, focusing on implications for families involved. It draws on a study of a Health Action Zone (HAZ) initiated project, working in primary schools in a deprived urban area, with children at risk of school exclusion. It examines children's and parents' experiences of the project, locating these within current social policy and social justice debates. While positive outcomes are evident, the article also highlights difficulties in inter-agency collaboration, which potentially undermine support available to families and maintain pessimism about future improvements. By focusing remedies at the level of individual intervention, such initiatives may also neglect structural and organisational factors contributing to families' difficulties.
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Partnerships in Education, Urban Areas, Social Isolation, Justice, Public Policy, Foreign Countries, Urban Education, Agency Cooperation, Poverty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom