The Team Around the Child

Multi-Agency Working in the Early Years

April 2008
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    2nd April 2008
  • ISBN 9781858564180
  • Language English
  • Pages 192 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"

The most important changes to children's services in Britain in the last 20 years are set to improve the outcomes of all children from their early years on. The overall aims are to tackle child poverty, improve child protection and the education and childcare for young children, to raise standards, and to provide greater support for parents in bringing up their children. Multi-agency approaches will be developed to serve the needs of local children and families.

This massive program of change to children's services follows the Government's publication of the Children Bill and Every Child Matters: Next Steps. It presents immense challenges and these rest with local government. Key to achieving the declared goals will be the 3500 Children's Centers set up across the country that will integrate provision of education, care, family support, child protection and health services.

With its multi-agency focus and underpinning theoretical perspectives, this book will be of special interest to everyone involved in Children's Centers and to the increasing numbers of early years staff involved in multi-agency working and strategies: social workers, child care staff, teachers, health managers, policy makers and advisers, and the people working directly with children and their families. It will be a useful resource for academics and students in higher education.

Foreword—Dame Gillian Pugh; Introduction—Iram Siraj-Blatchford, Martin Needham and Karen Clarke; 1) The Case for Integrating Education with Care in the Early Years—Iram Siraj-Blatchford; 2) Integrating children’s Services: The Case for Child Protection—Margaret McCullough; 3) Multi-Agency Working: The Historical Background—Jenny French; 4) Keeping People in the Big Picture: National Policy and Local Solutions—Martin Needham; 5) Negotiating the Moral Maze: Developing Ethical Literacy in Multi-Agency Settings—Judith Whitmarsh; 6) Leadership in Multi-Agency Work—Bernadette Duffy and Janice Marshall; 7) Investigating the Practical Challenges of Integrated Multi-Agency Work—Faye Stanley; 8) Exploring the Perspectives of Early Years Practitioners in a Newly Established Children’s Centre—Jenny Worsley; 9) Collaboration with Parents: The Role of Multi-Agency Setting in Working With Parents—Karen Clarke and Amanda French; Notes on Contributors; Index.

Iram Siraj

Iram Siraj is a Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London, and a visiting Professor at the University of Wollongong. She co-led on the Effective Pre-school, Primary, and Secondary Education (EPPSE) longitudinal study, and the highly influential Researching Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years (REPEY) study, which first developed the concept of Sustained Shared Thinking (SST). She is a co-author of the ECERS-E and has published widely on quality, pedagogy, and curriculum.

Karen Clarke

Karen Clarke is Principal Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Wolverhampton.

Martin Needham

Martin Needham is Senior Lecturer and leads the Childhood Studies degree in the School of Education, University of Wolverhampton.