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Managing Children's Homes

Managing Children's Homes

Developing Effective Leadership in Small Organisations

Leslie Hicks, Ian Gibbs, Helen Weatherly and Sarah Byford

Quick Overview

This book focuses on leadership, effective management, the allocation of resources, and ensuring positive outcomes for young people in residential care. The book develops an interdisciplinary understanding of what needs to be taken into account when establishing and maintaining good practice on behalf of young people living in children's homes.
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Paperback / softback
2007, 8.98in x 5.98in / 228mm x 152mm, 224pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-542-8
AU$49.99
Ebook
2007, PDF, 224pp
ISBN: 978-1-84642-736-7
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AU$49.99

Description

Managing Children's Homes focuses on leadership, effective management, the allocation of resources, and ensuring positive outcomes for young people in residential care.

The book develops an interdisciplinary understanding of what needs to be taken into account when establishing and maintaining good practice on behalf of young people living in children's homes. The authors explain the considerable variation in quality achieved by children's homes and how this relates to management style, working environment and staff structures. The skills and qualities that make effective managers of homes are explored. These, along with factors such as the provision of resources, are investigated to demonstrate how to attain a successful children's home environment and longer-term achievement for looked-after children.

Based on innovative, DfES-funded, interdisciplinary research, this book will be essential reading for staff and managers in children's care homes and will also be of interest to students, policy-makers and directors of social services.

Reviews

'This is a further contribution from the York University team who have added so significantly to our understanding of what matters in residential child care. The book focuses on the leadership role of the manage and ways in which resources are deployed to impact on care and outcomes for children... This volume recapitulates the message that each children's home is one part of the larger system of children's services and successful outcomes will require all the part to be working effectively together... This book will be a helpful and thought-provoking read for those working both inside and outside children's homes.'
- Rostrum

'Written by a multi-disciplinary research team, this new book examines the key issues of leadership, management and resources, and the ways that these relate to outcomes for young people living in residential care. Using innovative research methods, the book investigates the structure, processes and outcomes of residential child care...The book offers a comprehensive account of the research and concludes with a detailed discussion of the implications to its finding for policy, practice and training.'
- Keynotes

'This valuable book brings together specific research on what accounts for the differences between children's homes and how practice can be better supported...The manager's role is explored in five key areas: own role and identity; relation to staff; to young people as individuals and as a group; to networks outside of the home; and to their own organisation.'
- Children and Young People Now

'This new book examines the key issues of leadership, management and resources, and the ways that these relate to outcomes for young people living in residential care. The book offers a comprehensive account of the research and concludes with a detailed discussion of the implications of its findings for policy,practice and training.'
- NLCAS, National leaving care advisory service

'The authors use the findings of a residential child care research initiative commissioned by the UK Department of Health to recommend policy and practice to leaders at small group homes for young people. Particular concerns include the views of young people in homes, leadership pitfalls, the use of resources and the role of manager within a larger organization.'
- Book News Inc