This ethnographic study presents a different perspective on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: that of the child's. Dr Taylor argues that the rights of children encountering this service are as seriously compromised as those of adult mental health service users once were. The evidence challenges the quality of assessments, and shows the powerful influence of technical language and power mongering on constructing realities. Professional work can be self-serving rather than 'in the best interests of the child'. Some of the fundamental tensions in inter-disciplinary work and 'joined up thinking' are exposed. Novel ways of exploring critical decision points and working effectively in groups are presented.There are salutary messages for child welfare practitioners and policy makers, and compelling reasons for radically altering the child welfare system in the UK in order to meet the needs of distressed children. A new 'architecture of care' must replace the current monolithic institutions and professional tribes.'Secret Practices' is also relevant to analysts of discourse and text; public policy makers; and students of Ethics, Management in Social Welfare, and Decision Making.
Number of Pages: 228 Format(s): Paperback - ISBN: 9781844261581 Publication Date:01/05/2003 Listed in:Child welfare Publisher:Upfront Publishing