The Social Ecological Perspective Of Children, Young People And Their Families

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This study will examine the social ecological perspective of children, young people and their families and will demonstrate how this perspective can help in developing practice. It will do so by describing the Social Ecological Perspective by using the Ecological model introduced by Urie Bronfenbrenner (K218 learning guide 3, section 3.1) and demonstrating how the model is adapted and practiced within different frameworks like the Scottish Government framework ‘A Guide To Getting it Right for Every Child’ (Rixon, 2011) and Cathy Macnaughton who works for Multi cultural family base (K218 Learning guide 3 audio 3.2). It will consider the theories from the Working with Children and young people module book and the Open University 2014 online materials.

The development and wellbeing of children is influenced by a number of environmental factors such as their families economic status and the area in which they live in. The Social Ecological Perspective may also be referred to as the social ecological model or a ‘web of relationships’ (K218 learning guide 3, section 3.1) this suggests that a child’s genetics and personality all work together along with the influences from the family. The environments in which the children live and the support provided to families are also influential (Rixon, 2011, p.11). The Social ecological perspective is sometimes explained as a Russian doll effect which highlights how individuals are ingrained within the family, then within the community…
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