Understanding Children's Social Care
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Politics, Policy and Practice

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© 2009 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"These two authors are always worth reading for their breadth and originality. Their new book offers a timely and stimulating analysis of modern children's services"

David Berridge, Professor of Child and Family Welfare, University of Bristol

"Clear yet thorough; practical yet politically insightful; complicated yet coherent ... this book will appeal to those who want to get an overview of the territory, but also to those who wish to drill down deeper and understand the theoretical underpinning of government policies"

Martin C Calder, Honorary Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam Univeristy

This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview and critical analysis of children's social care in England following the introduction of Every Child Matters and the 2007 Children's Plan. Up-to-date and accessible, the book examines the key issues surrounding child care policy, politics and legislation, and the implications they have for practice.

The book is organised into three sections:

- From Children's Departments to Departments of Children's Services analyses the historical and political changes in the children's service since 1948.

- Different Service Areas provides a critical review of the main service areas, including safeguarding and child protection.

- Current Issues and Future Prospects considers the main challenges and future prospects for children's social care.

Essential reading for those studying child social care on programmes in social work, childhood studies and social policy, the book will also interest postgraduates and practitioners in child care.

 
PART ONE: FROM CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENTS TO DEPARTMENTS OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES
 
Local Authority Children's Services in the Post-War Period
 
New Labour, Social Exclusion and Children
 
Every Child Matters: Change for Children
 
PART TWO: DIFFERENT SERVICE AREAS
 
Safeguarding, Child Protection and Children in Need
 
Youth Offending: Early Identification, Prevention and Tough Enforcement
 
Children and the care system: reforming corporate parenting
 
Sure Start and Children's Centres: a jewel in New Labour's Crown?
 
Working with children and young people with Complex Needs
 
Challenge to social care practice: working with unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people
 
PART THREE: CURRENT ISSUES AND FUTURE PROSPECTS
 
The Current State of Children's Social Care in England
 
Being a social worker in an integrated world: social care work with children and a positive future of social work.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two


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"These two authors are always worth reading for their breadth and

originality. Their new book offers a timely and stimulating analysis of

modern children's services."

- David Berridge, Professor of Child and Family Welfare, University of Bristol

"Clear yet thorough; practical yet politically insightful; complicated yet coherent ... this book will appeal to those who want to get an overview of the territory, but also to those who wish to drill down deeper and understand the theoretical underpinning of government policies."

- Martin C Calder, Honorary Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam Univeristy


This is a brilliant book that gives a clear overview of social care explaining policy, practice and politics.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
July 3, 2015

This is an excellent text that provides students with a good insight into the contemporary issues of safeguarding policy. It also provides a good basis for students to compare theory and how it impacts on practical application.

Miss Ella Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
April 24, 2015

An excellent foundation text which provides the reader with a clear and concise overview of children's social care in England. This insight is particularly useful in light of the continuing change in the provision of child social care.

Ms Donna Peach
Department of Social Work, Salford University
June 24, 2014

Excellent book which covers many aspects of the safeguarding module.

Miss Johanne Child
early years, Wakefield College
May 14, 2014

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