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Working in Multi-professional Contexts

Working in Multi-professional Contexts
A Practical Guide for Professionals in Children's Services

May 2012 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Making links between different professional roles, policies and practices, this book equips you with the skills, knowledge and understandings that managers, practitioners and students need to work in integrated multiprofessional settings. The book draws on case studies to consider the dilemmas, challenges and complexities common within your workplaces.

Chapters cover:
• Roles, policies and practices in integrated services
• Quality assessment in a multiprofessional context
• Evaluating and developing children and family services
• Participation and engagement in integrated family centers
• Contemporary leadership and management in multiprofessional teams
• Innovative multiprofessional learning
• Creative multiprofessional environments

Each chapter incorporates activities to support professional development. There are six case study chapters that analyze specific examples from inclusive education, integrated family support, integrated children's services (education, health and social services), participatory family center design and professional mentoring.

Introduction: Themes, Issues and Conclusions
The Book, Its Concept, Why It Is Needed and Who It Is for

The Structure of the Book

Multi-Professional Assessment, Planning and Delivery
Concepts of Assessment

Structures of Assessment

Relationships of Assessment


Recommended Further Reading

Participation and Multi-professional Working
Defining Our Concepts of Participation

Structures of Participation

Participatory Relationships


Recommended Further Reading

Traditional Structures of Multi-Professional Leadership and Management
Concepts of Visionary Leadership and Management

Management, Leadership and Organisational Structures

Relational Multi-Professional Management and Leadership


Recommended Further Reading

Contemporary Approaches to Multi-Professional Leadership and Management
Reflexive Managers, Leaders and Individuals

Systemic Multi-Professional Joint Working

Multi-Professional Systems, Relationships and Change


Recommended Further Reading

Multi-Professional Evaluation
Total Quality Management

Research-Based Evaluation/Development

Relational Approaches to Evaluation


Recommended Further Reading

Multi-Professional Learning and Creativity
Concepts of Multi-Professional Learning, Innovation and Creativity?

Environments for Innovation, Creativity and Change


Recommended Further Reading

Final Conclusions

'Comprehensive coverage of the complex challenges of multi-professional working make this book essential reading for educators, students and professionals. Case studies are used effectively and the reader is directed to appropriate further reading. An excellent contribution to the field'
-Eunice Lumsden Deputy Divisional Leader and Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Degree at The University of Northampton

Although a useful book, the students found it somewhat difficult to access. It didnt seem particularly relevant to the assignment content.

Miss Lisa Holland
Education , Tameside College
June 1, 2015

great layout, very informative, helpful links to further reading

Mrs Sarah Collyer
Childcare Department, Brooklands College
April 17, 2015

This book has been very useful when delivering my current module on positive relationships. The students had to read around the subject of multi agency working. The information contained within it is easy to access and interesting and relevant to read.

Miss Lisa Holland
Education , Tameside College
March 25, 2015

A great book that provide students with the understanding of how to develop professional practice through collaborative working.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
January 6, 2015

This book is reccomended for quite a few of the modules that I teach. It looks at many areas of multiprofessional working. It is clearly set out and easy to dip in and out of.

Mrs Cindy Fincham
Early Years and Primary Education , Bracknell & Wokingham College
April 7, 2014

This book is highly relevant to students studying how multi-professional teams work.

April 2, 2014

Excellent text that allows students to fully explore multi-agency working and issues that can arise through the process of working together. Very good links to evidnced based research

Mrs Jackie Plenty
Social Work Department, University Centre Barnsley
September 25, 2013

A good core text for my module where students are studying multi-professional contexts for working in child care practice.

Ms Debbie Amas
Family and Community Studies (Peterborough), Anglia Ruskin University
August 16, 2013

Very good, relevant and informative.

Mrs Justine Gallagher
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
June 26, 2013

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