The Transformation of Childrens Services
Examining and Debating the Complexities of Inter/Professional Working
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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."
PUBLICATION DATE: 11/28/2011
CATEGORY: Social Science