Reforming the children and young people's workforce: A Higher Education response
Oliver, B. (2008) Reforming the children and young people's workforce: A Higher Education response. Learning in Health and Social Care, 7 (4). pp. 209-218. ISSN 1473-6853
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1473-6861.2008.00190.x
The Every Child Matters change agenda is leading to the creation of new services and new working practices across the children and young people’s sectors. These new configurations are leading to the development of new roles that do not necessarily fit with existing, traditional professional qualifications. This paper outlines the response of one university to this policy agenda. The experience of inter-disciplinary collaboration and inter-professional curriculum development has mirrored many of the challenges facing colleagues in practice settings. In reflecting on these challenges, this paper highlights some of the key issues facing HE providers in developing an appropriate educational response. The paper identifies the need for collaborative and strategic partnership between HE and practice colleagues in order to prepare a future workforce. It further identifies the desirability of a champion with the capacity and determination to keep the agenda from getting lost within all the other uni-disciplinary agendas that operate within universities.
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