The Transformation of Children+s Services: Examining and debating the complexities of inter/professional working by Joan ForbesThe Transformation of Children+s Services: Examining and debating the complexities of inter/professional working by Joan Forbes

The Transformation of Children+s Services: Examining and debating the complexities of inter…

EditorJoan Forbes, Cate Watson

Paperback | November 28, 2011

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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:

  • What are the complex issues involved in children's sector transformation for all those involved ' young people, practitioners, leaders and managers, policy makers?
  • How can the 'silos' in which professionals have traditionally been prepared for practice be broken down?
  • 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.

Joan Forbesis Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Children's Services Research and Policy Study in the School of Education, University of Aberdeen.Cate Watsonis Senior Lecturer in Professional Learning in the School of Education, University of Stirling.
Title:The Transformation of Children+s Services: Examining and debating the complexities of inter…Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:November 28, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415618495

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Table of Contents

Part One. Introduction 1. Introducing the complexities of inter/professional workingJoan Forbes and Cate Watson Part Two. Policy, theory, discourse: the complexities of collaborative working 2. Complexity, identity, failure: contemporary challenges to working togetherAndrew 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 practiceJoan Forbes  5. For whom the bell tolls: education, care and the possibility of professional practice in uncertain timesIan Stronach and John Clarke Part Three. Preparing practitioners and leaders for inter/professional practice: identities, connections, knowledges  6. Social capital connections: troublesome knowledge and early career practitionersJames McGonigal and Julie McAdam  7. Perspectives on identity: being and becoming a headteacherMichael Cowie and Megan Crawford 8. Professional identities: developing leaders for inter/professional practiceGary Crow 9. The challenge of articulating a common language: CAT and the socially constituted selfIan Kerr Part Four. Questioning the orthodoxies of collaboration  10.Transforming social work identities: towards a European model?Mark Smith11. Emergent spaces: looking for the civic and the civil ininitial professional educationJulie Allan 12. The pretty story of 'joined-up working': questioning interagency partnershipCate Watson 13. Probing the limits of collaboration: professional identity and institutional power Walter Humes Part Five. Conclusion  14. Inter/professional children's services: complexities, transformations and futures