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How to Reach 'Hard to Reach' Children: Improving Access, Participation and Outcomes

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"How to Reach ' Hard to Reach' Children" addresses core underlying difficulties affecting children and young people in the community and in schools, relating to underachievement, disengagement and school avoidance. It explores the consequences of school exclusion and the practices that can enhance the inclusion of pupils with social, emotional and behavioural needs. The book offers new and creative approaches to promoting multi-agency teamwork in relation to working with looked after children, refugees and asylum seekers and those with challenging behaviour and autism, and their families. Its contribution is timely now that the government' s new agenda ' Every Child Matters' is becoming a reality. Written by experts who have worked for many years with children and young people in an educational context, the book highlights the views of children, young people and their families. It gives a powerful insight as to how the government' s five outcomes "can" be realised by children who are hard to see, hard to find, hard to engage, hard to manage, hard to change or retain within systems set up to help and educate them. The emphasis throughout the book is of multidisciplinary teamwork, collaboration and the validation of children' s views. It will show professionals how they can work most effectively for the benefit of children and young people, who are among the most vulnerable in our Society.
How to Reach 'Hard to Reach' Children: Improving Access, Participation and Outcomes
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It is now widely acknowledged that the most vulnerable and at risk children are children whom the current systems of education, care and health (especially mental health) are failing. The problem of dealing with 'at risk' children is also a problem of definition as one service provider s definition might often reflect an entirely different social reality from another's. Bringing years of collaborative expertise across many disciplines to the problem, the authors of How to Reach 'Hard to Reach' Children demonstrate how it is possible for all children to meet the following criteria of staying safe, enjoying and achieving, being healthy, making a positive contribution, and economic well-being.
How to Reach ‘Hard to Reach’ Children addresses core underlying difficulties affecting children and young people in the community and in schools, relating to underachievement, disengagement and school avoidance.  It explores the consequences of school exclusion and the practices that can enhance the inclusion of pupils with social, emotional and behavioural needs. The book offers new and creative approaches to promoting multi-agency teamwork in relation to working with looked after children, refugees and asylum seekers and those with challenging behaviour and autism, and their families. 



Its contribution is timely now that the government’s new agenda ‘Every Child Matters’ is becoming a reality. Written by experts who have worked for many years with children and young people in an educational context, the book highlights the views of children, young people and their families.  It gives a powerful insight as to how the government’s five outcomes can be realised by children who are hard to see, hard to find, hard to engage, hard to manage, hard to change or retain within systems set up to help and educate them.



The emphasis throughout the book is of multidisciplinary teamwork, collaboration and the validation of children’s views.  It will show professionals how they can work most effectively for the benefit of children and young people, who are among the most vulnerable in our Society.

Kathryn Anne Pomerantz, UK. Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist, Derbyshire County Council Educational Psychology Service seconded to the post of -Co-Course Director MSc Educational Psychology and Doctor of Educational Psychology, The University of Sheffield. Chartered Educational Psychologist. Member of the EdD Educational Psychology Course Sheffield University. Martin Hughes, UK. Senior Educational Psychologist, Sheffield City Council. Chartered Educational Psychologist. Member of the EdD Educational Psychology Course, Sheffield University. Dr David Thompson, UK. Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology, Co-Director EdD Educational Psychology, School of Education, University of Sheffield. Chartered Educational Psychologist. British Psychological Society (Associate Fellow)
List of contributors. Preface. Introductory Chapter Every Child Matters: Setting the Context for the 'Hard to Reach' (Martin Hughes). 1 Underachieving Pupils, Underachieving Schools: What Pupils Have to Say (Lynn Turner). 2 Impression Management: Understanding and Enabling Children's Perception of Competence (Stephanie James). 3 Containing the Emotional Needs of Adolescent Boys 'at Risk of Exclusion' in Mainstream Schools (Kathryn Anne Pomerantz). 4 WhatWorks in Reintegration Following Exclusion: Supporting the Parts Only Peers can Reach (Jackie Lown). 5 'Hard to Reach' Migrant Children (Peter Lloyd Bennett and Jane Reid). 6 A Seminar Approach to Multi-Agency Collaboration, Team Building and Therapeutic Group Problem-Solving Where Some Attendees Might be Described as 'Hard to Reach' (Michael Pomerantz). 7 Reaching Pupils on the Autistic Spectrum: Parents' Experiences, Provision and 'Professional Reachability' (Brian Willis). 8 Exploring Joined-up Solutions for a Child with Complex Needs (Heather Northcote). 9 Engaging the Hardest to Reach Parents in Parenting-Skills Programmes (Nicola McGrath). 10 Whose Voice is it Anyway? (Mary Chilokoa and Jane McKie). Concluding Chapter Validating and Using Children's Views: Professional Dilemmas about Working Inside Agencies (David Thompson and Jo Holt). Glossary. Appendix 1 Bibliography of Key Documents. Appendix 2 Searching for Explanations and Responsibilities as to Why Some Clients May be 'Hard to Reach'. Appendix 3 Developing Good Practice with 'Hard to Reach' Children and Families. Index.
"I would highly recommend this book to any professional working with children." (Professional Social Work, June 2008) "Written for professionals working in the community and in schools and those engaged in promoting a multi-agency approach." (Special, March 2008)
"I would highly recommend this book to any professional working with children." (Professional Social Work, June 2008)

"Written for professionals working in the community and in schools and those engaged in promoting a multi-agency approach." (Special, March 2008)

This landmark work:
  • Provides practical suggestions for accessing the most vulnerable children in society who often presently slip through the established net of support services
  • Raises awareness of the complex issues surrounding definitions, consequences, and practice in relation to reaching 'hard to reach' children
  • Encourages readers, especially service providers, to reflect on how they work with other professionals to access ?hard to reach? children
  • Looks at the processes involved in achieving multidisciplinary teamwork
Short Title
HT REACH HARD TO REACH CHILDRE
Pages
268
Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
Language
English
ISBN-10
0470058846
ISBN-13
9780470058848
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
378.772
Year
2007
Publication Date
2007-08-31
Author
David Thompson, Martin Hughes, Kathryn Ann Pomerantz
Subtitle
Improving Access, Participation and Outcomes
Illustrations
Illustrations
Birth
1949 May 15
Edition
1st
Imprint
Wiley-Blackwell
Audience
Professional and Scholarly
Place of Publication
Hoboken
Country of Publication
United States
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