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Palgrave Macmillan

Working with Children and Young People

Co-constructing Practice

ISBN 9780230280083
Publication Date November 2010
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Traditional ways of working with children and young people are giving way to new practices. Where practice solutions previously tended to be imposed on children and young people, professionals are now looking to engage them as vital partners in actively negotiated and co-constructed models of working.

Combining social ecological and social constructionist perspectives drawn from a range of academic and practice disciplines, Working with Children and Young People explores and interrogates how ideas about childhood, policy and professional discourses change over time and, in turn, affect the issues faced by children, young people and their families. In particular, this important text:

■ develops a critical and reflective approach to knowledge and practice explored vividly across a wide range of practice settings
■ presents a new vision, where the focus is centrally on the child or young person and where dominant ideas are challenged
■ explores how key concerns, such as professional power and children's rights, embed themselves in working relationships.

Working with Children and Young People provides an innovative critical framework for all students on vocational and professional courses involving work with children and young people. It also offers illuminating reading for practitioners working with the 0–18 age group, whether in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors.

LINDSAY O'DELL is a Lecturer in Children and Young People and Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University, UK. Her research interests focus on children who are in some way 'different', including sexually abused children, children with a visible difference and children with autism.

STEPHEN LEVERETT is a Lecturer in Children and Young People in the Faculty of Health and Social Care,The Open University, UK. His practice background is in social care and social work in both the statutory and voluntary sector. His publications include Connecting with Children: Developing Working Relationships (2008, co-edited with Pam Foley).

Introduction; L.O'Dell & S.Leverett
Well-being and the Ecology of Children's Lives; A.Rixon
Constructions of Normative Families  - Implications for Practice; L.O'Dell
The Surveillance of Children, Young People and Families; L.Arai
Public Policy, Children and Young People; P.Foley
Disabled Children, their Parents and their Experiences with Professionals; D.Goodley & K.Runswick-Cole
Counselling Children: Values and Practice; A.Davies
Young People and Mental Health: Resilience and Models for Practice; W.Hamilton
Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding Children; L.Arai
Sons and Daughters of Foster Carers  - Invisible, Vulnerable or Valued?; G.Jackson & P.Unwin
The Social Construction of Home and School Learning in Multicultural Communities; S.Crafter
Children's Welfare and Children's Rights; G.Lansdown
Between the Rocks and Hard Places: Young People Negotiating Fear and Criminalisation; P.Squires
Constructing Practice within the Parenting Agenda: the Case of Sure Start and Parenting Orders; A.Holt
Forest Schools; T.Kelly-Freer


LISA ARAI Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, UK
SARAH CRAFTER Senior Lecturer in the Psychology of Human Development and Culture, University of Northampton, UK
ALISON DAVIES Counsellor and full-time PHD Student with the Open University, UK
PAM FOLEY Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Open University, UK  
DAN GOODLEY Professor of Psychology and Disability Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK 
WOOK HAMILTON Project Manager for Young People in Focus  - a national charity supporting practitioners who work with young people through research, training and publications
AMANDA HOLT Senior Lecturer in Criminal Psychology, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK
GAIL JACKSON Social Worker
TRACY KELLY-FREER Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Worcester, UK and EYPS Assessor and Forest School Leader 
GERISON LANSDOWN Founder Director of the Children's Rights Alliance for England; international children's rights consultant and advocate in children's rights; Honorary Fellow of UNICEF-UK and co-director of CRED-PRO
KATHERINE RUNSWICK-COLE Research Associate, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and former early years teacher
PETER SQUIRES Professor of Criminology and Public Policy, University of Brighton, UK
PETER UNWIN Senior Lecturer, University of Worcester, UK


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