In the UK alone some 140,000 young people live away from home in a wide range of residential, boarding and custodial establishments. Care of these children and young people has been subject to much recent legislation about quality of care and child protection issues, as well as a drive towards evidence-based standards. This invative book identifies the key elements of good management and practice common to all residential child care settings, whether hospital unit, boarding school, children's home, special school or custodial care establishment. The author outlines a model developed under the auspices of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and based on over 40 years experience in practice and research in over 450 residential settings. The main components of the model are: * the environment * the legal framework * developmental issues * time-related issues. In each case the key factors for practice and management are discussed and key roles and outcomes identified. This book is invaluable reading for anyone working with children and young people in all forms of residential and boarding education and care, and for students of childcare at undergraduate and post-qualifying levels, in the UK and internationally. The framework can be readily applied to training, assessment of standards, inspections, and research and development.
Iain Ferguson is a lecturer in social work at the University of Striling. He has written widely on issues of service user involement (particularly in the area of mental health), participatory and emancipatory research, asylum seekers and social welfare theory. Prior to moving into academic life, he worked for many years as a social worker and community worker and he is a qualified Mental Health Officer. Michael Lavalette is a lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Liverpool. He has written widely on issues of child labour, the politics of childhood, social welfare and social movement activity. Elizabeth Whitmore is a Professor, at the School of Social Work, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). She has been a teacher, practitioner and activist for many years. She teaches a graduate course on International Social Development at Carleton. Her interest in social justice and the connections between globalisation and social work stems from many years working internationally and recognizing the connections between larger systemic ideologies and local realties. She has an established and recognized record of participation in the field of international social work. She is currently Past President, North American and Caribbean Association of Schools of Social Work (2000-2004) and Chair, Katherine Kendall Award Committee, International Association of Schools of Social Work (2000-2002). In the recent past she has been a Member, Program Committee, Joint International Conference of the International Association of Schools of Social Work and the International Federation of Social Workers (1998-2000) and President, North American Caribbean Regional Association of Schools of Social Work (1996-2000).
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Social Issues, Services & Welfare
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10 black & white tables
Elisabeth Whitmore, Iain Ferguson, Michael Lavalette