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How integrated working affected the development of the Caring 4 Kids project (Sharing our experience, Practitioner-led research 2008-2009; PLR0809/025)

Holford, Phil (2009) How integrated working affected the development of the Caring 4 Kids project (Sharing our experience, Practitioner-led research 2008-2009; PLR0809/025).

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This project developed between two separate agencies and aimed to examine and identify, from a participant observer perspective, the specific effects of integrated working on the development of the Caring 4 Kids project. The project, Caring 4 Kids, was a collaborative piece of work between a voluntary sector provider of children’s centres, and a girls’ secondary school. This school has the highest rate of student pregnancy within the local authority. The research consisted largely of interviews with five of the professional participants in the Caring 4 Kids project, one from each discipline: teaching; nursery nursing; social work practitioner/management; social work; and early years consultancy. The participants were: • the director of the voluntary organization providing children’s centres, by background a social worker • the Community Liaison deputy head of a girls’ secondary school, by background a teacher • the manager of one of the children’s centre nurseries, by background a nursery nurse • an ex-social worker • an Early Years consultant with the local authority, by background a SENCO. The questions attempted to address the previous experiences of the interviewee in multidisciplinary working, their attitude to integrated working in relation to their agency’s attitude as they saw it, and their experiences of integrated working in this specific project. In addition to these questions, the research attempted to identify what the participants felt positive and negative about, and if possible to indicate what they might be taking back to their agency, or to their next experience of integrated working, from this present experience. The research identified that • integrated forums were dependent on the consent, real as well as formal, of the agencies seconding to them • the differing values derived from the different professional backgrounds of participants mattered less than the core remits of each of their agencies • some professionals may have identified more with the integrated forum in respect of some of their values than with their own agency • the success of the forum as a ‘workplace’ owed a great deal to participants not feeling disempowered with regard to higher ranking or higher status professionals.

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Publisher: Children’s Workforce Development Council
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Date Deposited: 27 May 2011 10:02
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