This much-needed book examines the implications of the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda for working with children. It analyses the key issues from the perspective of the different professions that make up the 'new children's workforce' and explores interprofessional considerations. It describes and analyses the Every Child Matters programme in relation to the wider social context for children, with a consideration of inter-professional issues. The chapters give an overview of the recent history, current position, and main trends of the specific professions.It includes practice issues and case examples from health, education, social work, playwork, children's centres and early years. It is updated to take into account recent changes, including the creation of the new Department of Children, Schools and Families. It considers the opportunities and challenges presented by the current agenda, including the possible implications for future multi-disciplinary working.
Offering a clear guide to the implications of Every Child Matters on practice, this book will be widely welcomed by tutors and practitioners alike, enabling readers to make sense of the legislation and national guidance, and to better understand the new agendas for children's services.