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Wednesday, 20 Jan 2016
Felicity McLeister

Systemic intervention:developing services with young people missing from home or care

Venue: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Speaker: Gerald Midgley
Date: Wednesday, 07 December 2016 at 17:30 - 19:30

This is joint event between the Third Sector Special Interest Group and the Yorkshire and Humberside O.R. Group.

In this presentation, Gerald Midgley will discuss the methodology of systemic intervention that he has been developing for over twenty years. He will focus on key aspects of this methodology, such as the need for critical reflection on ethical and boundary judgements, and the value of mixing methods from a wide variety of sources to ensure that intervention is flexible and responsive to stakeholders’ concerns. The methodology will then be illustrated with a case study of an intervention conducted in Central Manchester, in which young people (under 16) and a variety of agencies developed new ideas to support children missing from home or care. The emphases will be on (i) how systemic intervention directs attention to the need to amplify the voices of marginalised stakeholders (such as, in this case, homeless children); and (ii) the value of mixing a variety of problem structuring methods to promote co-operation and mutual learning in a situation where multi-agency working was highly problematic.

 For those wanting to read more about systemic intervention prior to the presentation, you might like to have a look at Gerald Midgley’s book—Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice (Kluwer/Plenum, New York, 2000). This not only contains details of the methodology, but also presents four case studies of practice, including the one to be discussed in this seminar. 

Refreshments will be available from 5pm. Please book you ticket via eventbrite or contact James Crosbie on jamescrosbie@hotmail.co.uk to confirm your place.



Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014
Felicity McLeister