Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Child and Family in Context: Developing Ecological Practice in Disadvantaged Communities

Gill, O.; Jack, G.


O. Gill

G. Jack


Drawing on the author's wide experience, this innovative book focuses on the whole child, recognising the links between different parts of their lives: principally family, school and community. As valuable to readers who have some familiarity with the emerging concept of 'ecological practice' as it will be to those who may be new to the term, it recognises the links between different parts of children's and young people's lives, and the importance of working creatively with these connections. Such practice developments are especially timely in the UK in the context of Every Child Matters, integrated Children's Centres and Extended Schools. The authors explore this context to draw out lessons that can inform practice everywhere, and in evolving policy contexts, including: working jointly with families and communities to safeguard children and young people and promote their well-being; working with communities to increase support for parents and produce better outcomes for everyone; the implications of this approach for all agencies and practitioners that impact on children, not just those with direct resoponsibility; differing contexts, ranging from a rural town to an inner-city refugee community; hearing the voices of children, young people and parents living in these communities.


Gill, O., & Jack, G. (2007). Child and Family in Context: Developing Ecological Practice in Disadvantaged Communities. Russell House

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Jul 1, 2007
Deposit Date Jun 22, 2007
Publisher URL