This unit explores a wide range of children's experiences, a number of different services, and interviews with a number of key practitioners. It features voluntary as well as statutory work with children, and tries to capture some of the details of everyday life for children, parents and practitioners.

The associated video material features children, practitioners and practice in the Plus organisation based in Stirling, Scotland. Looking at the overview of the Plus organisation in Section 2 will give you an idea of the kinds of issues and debates that are examined in this unit.

The second part of each video asks you to watch and study real world examples of work with children, focusing on a particular issue.

The video clips will enable you to develop an analytical approach to contexts of practice. We will be using them throughout the unit to illustrate and explore ideas, issues and debates, and to stimulate discussion and reflection among students.

Learning Outcomes

After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • acquire and critically apply the research, analytical and evaluative skills needed for effective practice and the promotion of equality across universal and specialist services for children;
  • develop a skilled, dynamic and ethical approach to working with children;
  • understand and analyse the contributions of different approaches to the study of children, childhood and families, and recognise the potential for uncertainty, ambiguity and limits to knowledge of the subject;
  • organise, synthesise and interrogate opinions and arguments associated with issues related to children and childhood.