1st Edition

Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited

Edited By Leon C. Fulcher, Frank Ainsworth Copyright 2006
    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    Find out how group care for children has changed in the last 20 years

    Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited focuses on the core issues that shape the quality of care that’s provided in institutional and residential care settings, as well as day care services that rely on the group process. Leading authorities on residential group care practice from around the world examine practice concepts centered on three broad themes: working directly with children; working indirectly to support children and their families; and organizational influences on practice. This unique book offers valuable insights for dealing with the daily challenges of working with young people in responsive group care.

    Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited builds on contemporary themes that were explored by the editors more than 20 years ago in Group Care for Children: Concept and Issues, and Group Care Practice with Children, both out of print. Contributors to this updated collection put a fresh spin on the original material, as well as cross-cultural analysis from both sides of the Atlantic, Australia and New Zealand, Malaysia, China, and the United Arab Emirates. They revisit the key issues identified in the earlier books and provide personal and professional reflections on what has happened to their practice themes since the early 1980s. Special attention is paid to how social policy imperatives—normalization, de-institutionalization, mainstreaming, least restrictive environment, minimal intervention, and diversion—have reshaped the field, group care methods and skills needed for direct and indirect care, and group care as an occupational.

    Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited examines (and re-examines):

    • the relationships between group care practice and education
    • how group care programs can become hostile to families
    • primary care in secondary settings
    • the importance of shared language in a group care center
    • group development
    • how group composition can influence the overall functioning of the group
    • managing occupational stresses in group care practice
    • patterns of career development in child and youth care
    • economic influences that impact group care
    • challenges facing the future of group care services for children
    • and much more
    Group Care Practice with Children and Young People Revisited is a must-read for youth case workers, child and youth care educators, and anyone working in child welfare, including youth justice managers, administrators, and policymakers.

    • About the Contributors
    • Foreword (Adrian Ward)
    • Preface (Mark Krueger)
    • Chapter 1. Group Care Practice with Children Revisited (Leon C. Fulcher and Frank Ainsworth)
    • Chapter 2. The Soul, Rhythms and Blues of Responsive Child and Youth Care at Home or Away from Home (Leon C. Fulcher)
    • Chapter 3. Developing Social Competencies in Group Care Practice (Richard W. Small and Leon C. Fulcher)
    • Chapter 4. Group Care Practitioners as Family Workers (Frank Ainsworth)
    • Chapter 5. Primary Care in Secondary Settings: Inherent Strains (Henry W. Maier, Introduction by Thom Garfat)
    • Chapter 6. Developing a Shared Language and Practice (Stephen F. Casson)
    • Chapter 7. Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Group Care (Frank Ainsworth and Leon C. Fulcher)
    • Chapter 8. Resident Group Influences on Team Functioning (Gale E. Burford and Leon C. Fulcher)
    • Chapter 9. Managing Occupational Stress for Group Care Personnel (Martha A. Mattingly)
    • Chapter 10. Patterns of Career Development in Child and Youth Care (Karen D. VanderVen)
    • Chapter 11. The Economics of Group Care Practice: A Reappraisal (Martin Knapp)
    • Chapter 12. Conclusion—Looking Ahead (Leon C. Fulcher and Frank Ainsworth)
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Leon C. Fulcher, Frank Ainsworth