A children’s space? Participation in multi-agency early intervention

Lucas, Steven (2017) A children’s space? Participation in multi-agency early intervention. Child and Family Social Work, 22 (4). pp. 1383-1390. ISSN 1356-7500 (Accepted for Publication)

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The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) provides a model of early intervention, which is familiar in local authorities throughout England, and asserts a participatory framework of child and family engagement. This article draws on data from a research project undertaken in one local authority in the Midlands of England, to explore the experiences of children, young people, and their families, who were engaged in the process of multi-agency early intervention. The article considers the young people’s involvement, including their accounts of attending CAF meetings, and their engagement by practitioners. The research found that young peoples’ participation was limited. The findings suggest that this is, in part, a response to disciplinary discourses around schooling and attendance. In addition, the narratives of parents and young people showed that under-resourcing of work with young people meant that the time taken to build relationships and engage them in a process of self-assessment, planning and decision-making was constrained and rationed. The article concludes that to achieve a participatory children’s space, an active and more engaged model of childhood needs to be facilitated by practitioners and parents outside the school dominated space found in this study.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Lucas, Steven (2017) A children’s space? Participation in multi-agency early intervention. Child and Family Social Work., which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-2206. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Social Science
Depositing User: Steven Lucas
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 10:36
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2021 14:41
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1853

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