This edited collection situates the wellbeing and safety of vulnerable children as the focus of leadership. It provides a guide to theories and practice of leadership for those who want to make a difference to the lives of these children and their families.
Drawing on the experience of a highly successful postgraduate program in Child and Family Practice Leadership, the book explores the changing context of Child and Family Practice and the role of leadership, in addition to the knowledge and skills required for effective practice. Contributors draw upon their own practice experiences and insights into the most effective ways to support the work of practitioners to achieve the best outcomes for children and families. The content comprises a mixture of theoretical consideration, discussion of original research and interviews with child and family practitioners.
Bringing together contributions from leading specialists and professionals in the field, this book will be essential reading for individual practitioners, organisations and policymakers looking to assist the development of leadership within the child and family practice sector. It will also be of interest to those working in child protection and related workforces.
Table of Contents
List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; Foreword (Ric Pawsey); Preface (Margarita Frederico, Maureen Long, Nadine Cameron); Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: The ever changing context of Child and Family Practice (Robyn Miller and Margarita Frederico); Chapter 2: Skills and knowledge for Child and Family Practice (Maureen Long); Chapter 3: A dynamic approach to developing knowledge and skills through curriculum and teaching and learning approaches (Nadine Cameron and Margarita Frederico); Chapter 4: Developing effective leadership in Child and Family Practice: Types of leadership (Margarita Frederico); Chapter 5: Leadership at team manager level (Lynne McPherson); Chapter 6: Leadership in direct practice (Bruce D. Perry, Annette L. Jackson and Sarah Waters); Chapter 7: Culturally respectful leadership: Indigenous staff and clients (Muriel Bamblett, Cindy Blackstock, Carlina Black and Connie Salamone); Chapter 8: Culturally competent leadership: Culturally diverse clients and staff (Menka Tsantefski);Chapter 9: Leadership and practice in domestic and family violence (Cathy Humphreys); Chapter 10: Trauma-informed leadership (Bruce D. Perry and Annette L. Jackson); Chapter 11: Leading for the future (Margarita Frederico, Maureen Long and Annette L. Jackson); Index
Margarita Frederico is Professor and Graduate Research Coordinator in Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, Australia, and Principal Research Consultant Berry Street Take Two Program. She has taught and researched in social work, child protection, child and family welfare and leadership for many years. Her research is applied and translational, and her focus is on contributing to the development of knowledge to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and their families.
Maureen Long is a qualified social worker and family therapist who worked in the child and family practice sector as a practitioner and manager for more than 25 years in both the community and public sectors. For the past 11 years, she has taught in the Social Work program at La Trobe University, Australia, where she is a senior lecturer and discipline course coordinator.
Nadine Cameron has been involved in social work, social policy and sociological research and teaching for nearly 20 years. She also co-wrote the groundbreaking book, Social Work and the Body.
'This is an excellent resource that pushes us to consider where current systems fail and how to cultivate leadership that will transform child and family services. It is an essential read for those committed to reshaping models of workforce development to improve child outcomes.' - Todd I. Herrenkohl, PhD, Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Child and Family, University of Michigan School of Social Work, USA
'This is an excellent book covering some difficult issues of central importance to both social work and related disciplines. It tackles the question of how high professional practice standards can be achieved and maintained, how practice knowledge, organisational knowledge and research knowledge can be brought to practitioners and used by them. It is one of the few books to focus on this complex matter. It places professional and organisational leadership at the centre of this dynamic and shows how education needs to be integrated into the goals and content of practice. Note: it is very clearly written and engages the reader quickly.' - Professor Emeritus Thea Brown, Department of Social Work, Monash University, Australia