1st Edition

Working with Children, Families and Young People Professional Dilemmas, Perspectives and Solutions

Edited By Jim Dobson, Alexandra Melrose Copyright 2021
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    Bridging the gap between learning and the application of knowledge and skills in Early Years settings, this book addresses the nuanced complexities and challenges which students may face as they progress into professional practice. Built around the experiences of undergraduate students, solution-focussed chapters tackle contemporary issues such as safeguarding, new materialism, reflective practice, and working with refugee children, linking these to theoretical and philosophical models and drawing on undergraduate and practitioner insights.

    Providing contextualised examples, insight into key issues, and application of theory to practice, this book offers incisive solutions to support the undergraduate journey into a career, with chapters covering topics such as:

    • Best practice as a practitioner creating a caring environment
    • Reflecting on practice to cultivate professional development
    • Working with and for marginalised children
    • Reflective practice

    Working with Children, Families and Young People is perfect for undergraduate students on Early Years and Childhood Studies courses, as well as other courses pertaining to working with children and young families, social work, and young communities.


    Author Biographies


    Prof. Ian Barron


    Jim Dobson and Alexandra Melrose

    Section I: Navigating the workplace

    Chapter 1 Compassionate spaces: Caring for self and others whilst working with children, young people and families

    Jim Dobson, Josie Gabi, Jayne Mugglestone and Lindsay Schofield

    Chapter 2 Professionalism in Practice

    Alexandra Melrose

    Chapter 3 ‘Women’s Work’: Gender Discrimination in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)

    Juliette Wilson-Thomas

    Section II: Self-development and building confidence

    Chapter 4 Cultivating a critical understanding of child development

    Patricia Giardiello

    Chapter 5 ‘Managing doubts’ to take safeguarding action

    Martin Needham

    Chapter 6 Children and Digital Technology: ‘Millennium’ generations to critical undergraduate educators

    Steven Naylor

    Chapter 7 Constructing Critical Spaces for Creativity

    Rajesh Patel

    Chapter 8 Reflecting on Practice

    Amanda Davis

    Section III: Children on the edge: Marginalisation and empowerment

    Chapter 9 Precarious Lives: Refugee children’s identity and belonging in the UK Early Years Foundation Stage

    Josie Gabi

    Chapter 10 Working with Vulnerable Families

    Jim Dobson

    Chapter 11 Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

    Josie Gabi and Alexandra Melrose



    Jim Dobson is a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Prior to this, Jim worked as a Policy and Research Officer and as a Project Manager for a Local Authority Children’s Services Department. This role involved working closely with Criminal Justice agencies, Social Care, and the Voluntary Sector.

    Alexandra Melrose is a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and has taught on the undergraduate degree programme for a number of years. Having been a primary school teacher prior to the move to higher education, Alex uses her experiences in that sector to support and develop students' understanding.