An examination of the preventive process: Comparison of behaviour and education support team work with children's services

Sheppard, M. and Clibbens, J. (2013) An examination of the preventive process: Comparison of behaviour and education support team work with children's services. Child Abuse Review, 22 (2). pp. 116-126. ISSN 09529136 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Behaviour and Education Support Teams (BESTs) were developed as a significant element of the Every Child Matters programme. Although varying in composition, they were generally designed to provide support for groups of schools in relation to behavioural, emotional and educational issues. They have not been subject, however, to a great deal of published research and their development, furthermore, raised significant issues about prevention and the preventive process, in particular the capacity to reach vulnerable children and families where thresholds for mainstream services were high. This paper, comparing a BEST with a children's services team, examines the nature of work undertaken. It shows the 'service on offer' from the two agencies differed markedly, with BESTs undertaking a more child-focused approach. The implications of the development of additional services for prevention and the preventive process are discussed © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child protection, Children in need, Children's services, Family support
Subjects: L500 Social Work
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA25: Education
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Re-thinking Childhood
Depositing User: John Clibbens
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 13:39
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2017 14:46
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2705

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