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

ISBN 9781138580404
Published July 20, 2020 by Routledge
202 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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


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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.