An investigation into the changing culture and practice of children's service professionals between 2004 and 2012

Wiseman, Paul (2015). An investigation into the changing culture and practice of children's service professionals between 2004 and 2012. University of Birmingham. Ed.D.

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This thesis presents a quasi-longitudinal investigation of the lived experiences of Children's Service professionals in the period between the introduction of the 2004 Children Act to 2012: a period of public service austerity. The aim of the research was to gain an understanding of the factors which shape and transform professional behaviour. Data collection was undertaken using semi-structured interviews with Children's Service practitioners. Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) was used as an analytical framework through which to develop understandings of shifts in professional practice.

The analysis of interviews surfaced a number of professional shifts. These included: a re-conceptualisation of partnership working, from policy ambition to one based upon positive outcomes for children and families, together with a move from a universal to a targeted approach to the provision of services for children and young people. The findings also illustrate the limited direct role that government policy took in shaping professional changes.

The study tests out a range of theoretical perspectives and challenges those which present a stable and slowly evolving professional community; the study explores theoretical positions which present the transformation of professional practice as dynamic, fluid and idiosyncratic.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ed.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ed.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
K Law > KD England and Wales
L Education > L Education (General)


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