This much-needed book examines the implications of the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda for working with children. It analyses the key issues from the perspective of the different professions that make up the 'new children's workforce' and explores interprofessional considerations. It describes and analyses the Every Child Matters programme in relation to the wider social context for children, with a consideration of inter-professional issues. The chapters give an overview of the recent history, current position, and main trends of the specific professions.It includes practice issues and case examples from health, education, social work, playwork, children's centres and early years. It is updated to take into account recent changes, including the creation of the new Department of Children, Schools and Families. It considers the opportunities and challenges presented by the current agenda, including the possible implications for future multi-disciplinary working. Offering a clear guide to the implications of Every Child Matters on practice, this book will be widely welcomed by tutors and practitioners alike, enabling readers to make sense of the legislation and national guidance, and to better understand the new agendas for children's services.
Professor Richard Barker
BA, MA, PhD, CQSW, CASS,, PGCE, RSW.
Emeritus Professor of Child Welfare, Northumbria University.
Interim Chair, Policy Development Group, The College of Social Work
Richard is a registered social worker and qualified teacher with wide experience of social work, research and consultancy with services for children and families in the UK and overseas. His research interests include child welfare issues; services for children; lone fathers; and globalisation and its relationships to children's services. His publications include editing "Making Sense of Every Child Matters", Policy Press 2009. (www.everychildmattersbook.co.uk)
He can be contacted at email@example.com