Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited

1st Edition

Leon C. Fulcher, Frank Ainsworth

Routledge
Published November 14, 2006
Reference - 332 Pages
ISBN 9780789032805 - CAT# HW15917

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Summary

Find out how group care for children has changed in the last 20 years

Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited focuses on the core issues that shape the quality of care that’s provided in institutional and residential care settings, as well as day care services that rely on the group process. Leading authorities on residential group care practice from around the world examine practice concepts centered on three broad themes: working directly with children; working indirectly to support children and their families; and organizational influences on practice. This unique book offers valuable insights for dealing with the daily challenges of working with young people in responsive group care.

Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited builds on contemporary themes that were explored by the editors more than 20 years ago in Group Care for Children: Concept and Issues, and Group Care Practice with Children, both out of print. Contributors to this updated collection put a fresh spin on the original material, as well as cross-cultural analysis from both sides of the Atlantic, Australia and New Zealand, Malaysia, China, and the United Arab Emirates. They revisit the key issues identified in the earlier books and provide personal and professional reflections on what has happened to their practice themes since the early 1980s. Special attention is paid to how social policy imperatives—normalization, de-institutionalization, mainstreaming, least restrictive environment, minimal intervention, and diversion—have reshaped the field, group care methods and skills needed for direct and indirect care, and group care as an occupational.

Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited examines (and re-examines):
  • the relationships between group care practice and education
  • how group care programs can become hostile to families
  • primary care in secondary settings
  • the importance of shared language in a group care center
  • group development
  • how group composition can influence the overall functioning of the group
  • managing occupational stresses in group care practice
  • patterns of career development in child and youth care
  • economic influences that impact group care
  • challenges facing the future of group care services for children
  • and much more
Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited is a must-read for youth case workers, child and youth care educators, and anyone working in child welfare, including youth justice managers, administrators, and policymakers.

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