McArthur, M. & Thomson, B. (2014). Getting more bang for your buck : What works best in professional development in the child, youth and family workforce. Developing Practice,39 42-53.
Work in the human services, including in statutory and non-government contexts, is demanding and requires skilful practitioners. The child, youth and family services (CYFS) sector works with families with complex needs and therefore requires practitioners with broad areas of knowledge and a diverse mix of skills. The work is underpinned by a range of assumptions and values that aim to make a difference to vulnerable children, young people and their families. It is also a workforce that consists of a diversity of professional and para professional staff who come from different disciplines and experience. Not surprisingly child, youth and family service organisations recognise the need to provide appropriate professional development for their staff as a strategy to provide high quality services.
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