Working with Vulnerable Families

Working with Vulnerable Families : A Partnership Approach

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Poverty, domestic violence, marginalisation, drug and alcohol dependence are just some of the issues faced by many Australian families. Now in its second edition, Working with Vulnerable Families provides a comprehensive and evidence-based introduction to family-centred practice in Australia. It explores the ways in which health, education and social welfare professionals can support and protect children and their families. Fully revised and updated, with eight new chapters, the book examines recent research and programs on relationship-based family support, harnessing 'resilience' and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. It encourages readers to 'think child, think family, think community' in order to promote the development, wellbeing and safety of young children and future generations. Each chapter features learning goals, local case studies and reflective questions to help reinforce and extend the reader's understanding. Written by a diverse team of experts, this is an indispensable resource for students and practitioners alike.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 348 pages
  • 173 x 247 x 17mm | 600g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 1107610664
  • 9781107610668
  • 119,062

Table of contents

Introduction Fiona Arney and Dorothy Scott; 1. Think child, think family, think community Dorothy Scott, Fiona Arney and Graham Vimpani; 2. Working within and between organisations Dorothy Scott; 3. Family-centred practice in early childhood settings Dorothy Scott; 4. Including fathers in work with vulnerable families Richard Fletcher; 5. Parenting in a new culture: working with refugee families Kerry Lewig, Fiona Arney, Mary Salveron and Maria Barredo; 6. Working with Aboriginal families Gary Robinson and Sarah Mares; 7. Family decision making approaches for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families Fiona Arney, Alwin Chong and Kate McGuinness; 8. The relationship between family support workers and families where child neglect is a concern Elizabeth Reimer; 9. Working with parents with substance misuse problems Sharon Dawe and Paul Harnett; 10. Children in the midst of family and domestic violence Cathy Humphreys and Menka Tsantefski; 11. Attachment theory: from concept to care Sara McLean; 12. Understanding the journey of parents whose children are in out-of-home care Mary Salveron and Fiona Arney; 13. Spreading and implementing promising approaches in child and family services Fiona Arney, Kerry Lewig, Robyn Mildon, Aron Shlonsky, Christine Gibson and Leah Bromfield.
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About Fiona Arney

Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott has an adjunct academic position at the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia, and is also a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Professor Fiona Arney is Chair of Child Protection and Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia.
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