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Title: Joined-up working? : professionals' perceptions of interagency/interprofessional working and support for children
Author: Scott, David Stuart
ISNI:       0000 0004 2698 4888
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2004
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The focus of this thesis is professionals' understanding of the roles, priorities and competencies of other professional groups. A questionnaire survey was carried out with 104 Respondents. The results of this were graphically represented, and were subject to Participant Analysis by seventeen participants. All 104 participants were from one of seven education or social services professions working within 'Borsetshire', an English Shire County. The initial survey consisted of a series of Likert-like scales which participants rated. In the first part of the survey these scales related to priorities for three groups of children: Children in Public Care, Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs and Children on the Child Protection Register. Participants were asked to rate the essential/ key role of given education and social services professions when working with these three groups of children; and also the frequency of support activities carried out by their own professions. Additionally they were asked to rate the frequency of activities carried out by Social Workers and Educational Psychologists in this regard. All professions were asked to rate their professional level of skills in given areas and also those of Educational Psychologists. Questionnaire results revealed much consensus between professions over roles and priorities but there were some discrepant ratings. There was a low prioritisation of the educational attainment of children in Public-Care, particularly by Social Workers. There was a marked discrepancy between Educational Psychologists and others in rating Educational Psychologists' interpersonal skills. Residential Social Workers rated their own profession as having a low level of competence with regard to a range of skills. These results were subjected to Participant Analysis which offered added insight and broadened ownership of the research process. The results are analysed in terms of a resource/dependency model. Development Actions for 'Borsetshire' and suggestions for further research are given.
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Qualification Name: D Ed Psych Qualification Level: Doctoral
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