The role of manager in children’s homes: the process of managing and leading a well-functioning staff team

Hicks, Leslie (2008) The role of manager in children’s homes: the process of managing and leading a well-functioning staff team. Child and Family Social Work, 13 (3). pp. 241-251. ISSN 1356-7500

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Abstract

This paper is based on qualitative findings from a mixed methods project which investigated the roles of managers of children’s homes and the relationship of these to their use of resources and the outcomes for young people in their care. The research formed part of the Costs and Effectiveness of Services to Children in Need research
initiative, originally funded by the Department of Health. Main findings from the project overall and in particular from the multi-level modelling analysis indicated that the influence which the process of providing care has on the kind of outcomes experienced by young people is of paramount importance. This paper provides a brief overview
of the project and its aims. Drawing on the qualitative strand of the project and overall project findings, the paper investigates three aspects of managing children’s homes: establishing working relationships with staff teams, the role of managers and bringing about working with the young people in their care. It situates the role of
manager within the wider context of literature on leadership and investigates what leadership in children’s homes entails. Finally, the paper highlights the importance of the role of manager in relationship to the development of good practice in children’s homes.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:leadership and management, looked after children, residential child care, staff teams, Children's homes, Children's services
Subjects:L Social studies > L500 Social Work
N Business and Administrative studies > N600 Human Resource Management
L Social studies > L520 Child Care
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:4855
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:13 Jan 2012 11:33
Last Modified:29 Nov 2013 12:25

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