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Child Social Work Policy & Practice

Child Social Work Policy & Practice

  • Derek Kirton - University of Kent, UK, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK

December 2008 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book offers an authoritative overview of child care policy and practice in the UK. It covers assessment and family support services, understanding child maltreatment and protection, the care of looked after children, including the contribution of adoption, foster, and residential care, services for those leaving care and barriers facing disabled children and their families.

The book reflects the complexity and contested nature of children's needs, rights, and interests and relationships between family and state. It analyzes relevant debates and research and highlights practice issues and dilemmas. Readers are also directed to sources of further information on topics they may wish to explore in more depth. At the end of each chapter, there is guidance for further reading, resources for practice and questions for discussion.

Intended Audience
The book is aimed at social work practitioners and professionals working with children and families as well as undergraduate students in childhood studies or social policy.

Child Care Policy and Practice
Assessment of Children and Families

Services for Children in Need
Prevention and Family Support

Safeguarding Children
Contemporary Policy and Practice

Understanding Child Maltreatment: 'Causes' and Consequences
Looked After Children
The State as Parent

Choice, Stability and Permanence
Placements for Looked After Children

Young People Leaving Care
Disabled Children and Young People
Delivering Children's Services
Contemporary Issues and Future Directions


Good text book with helpful links to policy and practice.

Dr Azora Josephine Hurd
Social Work, Gloucestershire University
October 20, 2015

This book was useful as supplementary reading, but was not relevant enough to the course material to be adopted as a core text. For example, the information on looked after children did not cover legal procedure in enough detail.

Dr Sharon Thompson
School of Law, Keele University
January 12, 2014

This is a well structured and accessible introduction to safeguarding children. I will be recommending this to students on the safeguarding module.

Mr Stuart Barton
Business and Social Science , University Campus Suffolk
April 5, 2012

A comprehensive overview of child care policy, I particularly welcome the discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

Gary Hickman
Institute of Applied Social Studies, Birmingham University
July 13, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF

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