Supporting Children and Families: Lessons from Sure Start for Evidence-Based Practice in Health, Social Care and Education (Paperback)Paul Leighton (author), Justine Schneider (editor), Mark Avis (editor), Graham Bowpitt (author of contributions), Alison Edgley (author of contributions), Marjorie Finnigan (author of contributions), Brid Featherstone (author of contributions), Sarah Chaudhary (author of contributions), Mairi Ann Cullen (author of contributions), John Carpenter (author of contributions)
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Supporting Children and Families gathers together the lessons learned from perhaps the largest scale social experiment ever undertaken in England - Sure Start, the programme designed to improve the emotional development, health and education of children.
It boils down the huge amount of knowledge and experience generated by the Sure Start programmes and local evaluation studies, with chapters encompassing child development and healthcare, partnership working with existing local services, parental employment and supporting families with young children, reaching out to marginalised groups and strengthening communities. In addition to summarizing the findings of numerous innovative projects, contributors draw on their experiences of the successes and challenges to offer advice for those engaged in current and future practice. Each chapter concludes with `three lessons for Children's Centres'.
With its strong focus on practice implications, this book is indispensable reading for practitioners working in health, social and educational services for children and families, as well as students or researchers, and policymakers in these fields.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 432 g
Dimensions: 232 x 156 x 14 mm
This book is useful for Family Court Advisors in aiding understanding of how Sure Start Children's Centres may be able to work with children and families on a preventative basis and in a manner which may be more acceptable and effective than that of statutory agencies. -- CAFCASS
Working from data acquired in one of the largest social experiments undertaken in the UK, contributors describe how interventions improved the emotional development, health and education of young children. Twenty-six essays describe programs addressing health and child development' parental involvment; partnerships among local service agencies and statutory service providers; education and employment preparation; support of families (respite care, family support services, involvement of men); and community development including experiences in a multi-ethnic settings, work and transients, and new concepts about community. This volume would work as a classroom supplemental reader as well as a professional reference. -- Books News
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