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"This is an important collection that takes a welcome critical stance on service integration and raises difficult questions about the costs and benefits of integration for policy-makers and practitioners alike. The book presents the arguments in an accessible and readable fashion and is well written, thoughtful and challenging."-Dr Simon Bradford, Reader in Social Sciences, Brunel University
"This is an exciting and challenging collection which will really help the reader to consider key contemporary issues of integrated services. It clarifies core issues for all those working with children and young people at a practice and policy level and it will help them to identify the relevant questions to ask before working out what needs to be done and how."-Gill Frances, OBE, former Director of Children's Development at the National Children's Bureau
Critical practice with children and young people offers a range of challenging perspectives on work with children and young people in the early 21st century, exploring the policy, organisational, personal and professional contexts which frame contemporary practice.
The book brings together authors from diverse backgrounds in research, teaching and practice. The chapters are diverse too, with theoretical and political argument sitting alongside analysis of everyday practice, and findings from research being complemented by personal reflections. However, they share a common purpose of stimulating critical reflection with the goal of improving outcomes for children and young people.
The book is relevant to professionals working in a wide variety of services, including social work, education, healthcare and youth work, and covers the whole age range from early years to youth.
The book is a core text for The Open University's Masters-level course Critical practise with children and young people (K802).
Martin Robb is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University. His research include fatherhood, masculinity and childcare, and young people, identity and relationships.
Rachel Thomson is Professor of Social Research at The Open University. She is a sociologist and has published widely in areas of childhood and youth studies, motherhood, sexuality, and research mehtods.