Developing Good Practice In Children's Services by Vicky White

By Vicky White

This booklet is worried with how social employees and bosses can interact reflectively and proactively with alterations in kid's companies. Vicky White and John Harris have drawn jointly the members' reports of operating with kids in a vast variety of settings, emphasising ways that the present context of switch can be utilized as a chance to reinforce the standard of carrier provision and attain larger results for kids and their households. The authors research ways to the evaluation of youngsters in want and the research of possibility, and think about the influence of poverty and social divisions on kid's lives. Highlighting key strategies, equivalent to group improvement and multi-agency interventions, they expect most probably coverage advancements for the longer term. Examples are supplied of the making plans and implementation of recent tasks together with: * preventive schooling to guard young children * optimistic reinforcement of kid's cultural historical past * healing ways to sexually irrelevant behaviour * education programmes for foster carers. The real-life fabric on which the ebook attracts can be utilized as resource fabric via scholars project qualifying programmes in health and wellbeing, social care and social paintings and through more matured execs to mirror all alone perform, quite in the event that they are project post-qualifying classes - a well timed source for all employees and scholars trying to improve sturdy perform in kid's companies.

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Partnerships with local universities were created to deliver professional social work training programmes, complete with a greatly expanded practice teaching capability in the social services department. The reorganisation of 1991 gave the opportunity for training and staff development to be merged with the personnel function to produce a new Human Resources Section. This new section was in a position to and capable of developing a more imaginative and holistic view of how the organisation should develop.

It took little account of differences and subtleties in the public sector mentioned earlier (see, for example, Frederickson 1997; Hood 1991; Pollitt 1990). It did not accord with the values and culture of its workforce or indeed those of the political administration, a Conservative one in a county with, at that time, nearly a century of unbroken Conservative administration. In children’s services the purchaser/provider split was particularly anathema and inherently inappropriate given the nature of the service, the limited applicability of the model and the very immature state of the market.

Although values change over time they are much more enduring than any strategy or, indeed, any organisation. They are a foundation upon which to build and develop an organisation and its strategies. What then are the key values underpinning Warwickshire’s children’s services, what significance have they had over time and how have they fared? FAMILY LIFE IS BEST This value has been a particularly strong and enduring feature of the culture of the social services department in Warwickshire. It is a belief that children should, wherever possible, be brought up in a warm loving family setting, and is based on the conviction that growing up in such a setting affords the child the best prospects of developing into a well-rounded adult citizen.

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