How to Reach 'Hard to Reach' Children: Improving Access, Participation and Outcomes

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 20, 2007 - Psychology - 288 pages
It is now widely acknowledged that the most vulnerable and at risk children are children whom the current systems of education, care and health (especially mental health) are failing. The problem of dealing with 'at risk' children is also a problem of definition as one service provider s definition might often reflect an entirely different social reality from another's. Bringing years of collaborative expertise across many disciplines to the problem, the authors of How to Reach 'Hard to Reach' Children demonstrate how it is possible for all children to meet the following criteria of staying safe, enjoying and achieving, being healthy, making a positive contribution, and economic well-being.

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Introductory Chapter Every Child Matters Setting the Context for the Hard to Reach
1 Underachieving Pupils Underachieving Schools What Pupils Have to Say
2 Impression Management Understanding and Enabling Childrens Perception of Competence
3 Containing the Emotional Needs of Adolescent Boys at Risk of Exclusion in Mainstream Schools
4 What Works in Reintegration Following Exclusion Supporting the Parts Only Peers can Reach
5 Hard to Reach Migrant Children
6 A Seminar Approach to MultiAgency Collaboration Team Building and Therapeutic Group ProblemSolving Where Some Attendees Might be Desc...
7 Reaching Pupils on the Autistic Spectrum Parents Experiences Provision and Professional Reachability
9 Engaging the Hardest to Reach Parents in ParentingSkills Programmes
10 Whose Voice is it Anyway?
Concluding Chapter Validating and Using Childrens Views Professional Dilemmas about Working Inside Agencies
Appendix 1 Bibliography of Key Documents
Appendix 2 Searching for Explanations and Responsibilities as to Why Some Clients May be Hard to Reach
Appendix 3 Developing Good Practice with Hard to Reach Children and Families

8 Exploring Joinedup Solutions for a Child with Complex Needs

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Kathryn Anne Pomerantz, UK. Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist, Derbyshire County Council Educational Psychology Service seconded to the post of Co-Course Director MSc Educational Psychology and Doctor of Educational Psychology, The University of Sheffield. Chartered Educational Psychologist. Member of the EdD Educational Psychology Course Sheffield University.

Martin Hughes, UK. Senior Educational Psychologist, Sheffield City Council. Chartered Educational Psychologist. Member of the EdD Educational Psychology Course, Sheffield University.

Dr David Thompson, UK. Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology, Co-Director EdD Educational Psychology, School of Education, University of Sheffield. Chartered Educational Psychologist. British Psychological Society (Associate Fellow)

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