Critical Practice in Working with Children

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Critical Practice in Working with Children provides social work students with a clear understanding of how children's services operate and an appreciation of the skills required for successful practice. Comprehensive in its coverage, the text examines the core areas of childcare practice, including child protection, youth justice and preventative interventions. Sayer considers the various strengths and weaknesses of both policy and practice, encouraging readers to reflect on and evaluate their own practice ...
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Overview

Critical Practice in Working with Children provides social work students with a clear understanding of how children's services operate and an appreciation of the skills required for successful practice. Comprehensive in its coverage, the text examines the core areas of childcare practice, including child protection, youth justice and preventative interventions. Sayer considers the various strengths and weaknesses of both policy and practice, encouraging readers to reflect on and evaluate their own practice methods. Importantly the text: introduces students to vital skills such as assessment and evaluation, which are crucial for both effective study and practice, employs theoretical perspectives including social constructionism, systemic approaches and Marxist and feminist perspectives to provide a conceptual framework for critical analysis, considers some of the most contested areas of childcare, including scandals in child protection, the culture of managerialism and the emphasis on crisis intervention. With a strong practice base and clear engaging style, this refreshing text is insightful reading for all those social work students studying childcare at advanced undergraduate level and beyond.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230543195
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Boxes and Figures

1 The Context of Social Work with Children 15

2 Constructions of Childhood and Youth 37

3 Child Protection: A Social Constructionist Perspective 60

4 Safeguarding Children Living Away from Home 92

5 The Looked-after Children's System 110

6 Placements for Looked-after Children 122

7 Children in Need: Making Prevention Count 148

8 Working with Young People in the Authoritarian State 159

9 Child and Adolescent Mental Health: A Social Construction? 186

10 Conclusion: Childcare Futures 200

References 216

Author Index 229

Subject Index 232

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