This book introduces the inter-disciplinary study of childhood and youth and the multi-agency practice of professionals who serve the needs of children, young people and their families. Exploring key theories and central ideas, research methodology, policy and practice, it takes a holistic, contextual approach that values difference and diversity. It examines concepts such as identity, representation, creativity and discourse and issues such as ethnicity, gender and the 'childhood in crisis' thesis. Furthermore, it challenges opinion by exploring complex and controversial modern-day issues, and by engaging with a range of perspectives to highlight debates within the field.
Part 1: Social and Cultural Perspectives of Childhood and Youth
Social Constructions of Childhood and Youth
Living and Learning in Different Communities: cross-cultural comparisons
Childhood in Crisis?
Children and Risk
Part 2: Childhood and Youth Development
Origins of Human Behaviour
Social and Emotional development
Part 3: Difference, Diversity and Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Children with Special Educational Needs
Entitlement and Potential-Overcoming Barriers to Achievement
Policy into Practice- Working with Children in Need of Protection
The Reflective Practitioner