A critical and evidence-based review of current and future child protection policy and practice. Provides evidence-based perspective with an up-to-date overview of policy and practice Covers several disciplinary boundaries Goes beyond mere description to enable engagement in critical analysis of various policy areas as they relate to children and families
List of Contributors. Acknowledgements. Abbreviations. 1 Introduction: Safeguarding Children? (Karen Broadhurst, Chris Grover and Janet Jamieson). 2 Safeguarding Children: Historical Context and Current Landscape (Carolyn Taylor). 3 Every Child’s Rights Matter (David Archard). 4 Child Poverty (Chris Grover). 5 The Common Assessment Framework: Effective Innovation for Children and Young People with ‘Additional Needs’ or Simply More Technical Hype? (Andy Pithouse and Karen Broadhurst). 6 Arguing the Case in Safeguarding (Sue White). 7 Safeguarding Children through Parenting Support: How Does Every Parent Matter? (Karen Broadhurst). 8 Safeguarding Children’s Well-being within Educational Settings: A Critical Review of Inclusion Strategies (Jo Warin). 9 ‘Health’ and Safeguarding Children: An ‘Expansionary Project’ or ‘Good Practice? (Sue Peckover). 10 ‘Be Healthy’: Drugs, Alcohol and Safeguarding Children (Ian Paylor). 11 In Search of Youth Justice (Janet Jamieson). 12 Looked After Children and the Criminal Justice System (Claire Fitzpatrick). 13 Safeguarding Children Who Are Refugees or Asylum Seekers: Managing Multiple Scales of Legislation and Policy (Malcolm Hill and Peter Hopkins). 14 Conclusion: Safeguarding Children? (Karen Broadhurst, Chris Grover and Janet Jamieson). Index.
"This excellent book helps explain why. Its chapters cover, for example, the move to safeguarding children, child poverty, parenting support, youth justice, looked after children, and refugees and asylum seeking children." (Professional Social Work, 1 September 2011)
Karen Broadhurst is a lecturer in Applied Social Science in the Department of Applied Social Science, Lancaster University. With a professional background in social work practice, she has a keen interest in how policy and legislative changes impact on the front-line delivery of services. She has a particular interest in qualitative research, including the ethnographic study of everyday practice. Her work is published in a range of national and international journals. Chris Grover is a senior lecturer in Social Policy in the Department of Applied Social Science, Lancaster University. His main research interests and his recent journal publications concern various aspects of social security policy, including income replacement benefits for sick and/or disabled people, social assistance for low paid workers, and loaning social security payments. His most recent publication is Crime and Inequality (2008). Janet Jamieson is a senior lecturer in Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University. Her teaching, research and publications primarily focus on youth justice, young people and crime, and gender and the criminal justice system. She is the co-editor of Gender and Crime: A Reader (2008).
Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children provides a multi-disciplinary analysis of current approaches to safeguarding children in the UK. It addresses the strengths, weaknesses and complexities inherent in the Government’s objective of promoting opportunities for children through the Every Child Matters (ECM) framework. This book identifies key tensions and dilemmas in areas of policy and practice, and a number of significant questions are raised which, it is argued, need to be addressed if the aspirations of the ECM agenda are to be fully realised. A critical text that takes the readership beyond the ‘how to’ of policy and practice, Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children encourages an engagement with Government strategies and the ideas and discourses which frame them. Drawing contributors from the disciplines of Criminology, Education, Geography, Health, Philosophy, Social Policy and Social Work, this book provides an up-to-date overview of policy and practice that encourages students to think broadly, across traditional subject boundaries with regard to the safeguarding agenda.
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