Child Welfare Policy and Practice - Issues and Lessons Emerging from Current Research explores the implications of recent research for all those concerned with child welfare and social work. It addresses the present concerns as expressed by Government bodies and central Government enquiries regarding the services and policies relating to children in need of care and attention.The book deals with social care issues that are common within the UK as well as covering specific aspects of Scottish and Irish child welfare. The current areas of concern covered by the contributors include:the development of children's service plansoperationalisation of recent child care legislationmanagement of the transition of young people with disabilities from childhood to adulthooduse of live video links with child witnesses.The book also discusses the results of a long term, follow-up study of twenty years duration of failure-to-thrive children.In conclusion the book puts forward recommendations for influencing future policy and practice in child care. It is essential reading for social work students, social work policy-makers, day care and social workers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and psychologists.
'This is a timely moment for the publication of such a volume; not only has significant political change taken place across the UK, but many of the research studies being reported have taken place subsequent to the implementation of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995... The value of a comparative perspective is perhaps particularly evident in the chapters describing recent initiatives in policy and practice, including the implementation of children's services plans and looked after children assessment and action records.'- Community Care'A central aim of the book is to demonstrate the importance of research evidence in informing practice and policy in respect of children in need. To a very large degree it achieves this aim. Overall this book should be helpful to busy professionals as it provides useful summaries of research.'- YoungMinds Magazine
Dorota Iwaniec is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Child Care Research at Queens University of Belfast. Her main research interests include emotional abuse and the failure of children to thrive. Malcolm Hill is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for the Child and Society at the University of Glasgow. His main research interests include children's services, children in foster and residential care, adoption and family policy.
1. Issues Emerging from Child Care Research: Post-implementation of the Children Act (1989) Dorota Iwaniec, Queens University of Belfast and Malcolm Hill, University of Glasgow. 2. The Legal and Policy Context for Children's Services in Scotland and Northern Ireland, Angus Skinner, Social Work Services Inspectorate, Scotland and Kevin McCoy, Social Services Inspectorate, Belfast. 3. Communication, Co-operation or Collaboration? The Involvement of Voluntary Organisations in the First Scottish Children's Services Plans, Kay Tisdall, University of Edinburgh, Bernadette Monaghan, SACRO, Edinburgh and Malcolm Hill, University of Glasgow. 4. Operationalising the Definition of Children in Need from UK Child Care Legislation, Patrick McCrystal, The Queen's University of Belfast. 5. Needs-based Planning for Family and Child Care Services in Northern Ireland: Problems and Possibilities, Andrew Percy, The Queen's University of Belfast. 6. Understanding and Developing Family Support in Northern Ireland: The Challenge to Policy, Practice and Research, Kathryn Higgins, The Queen's University of Belfast. 7. Making Progress? The Transition to Adulthood for Disabled Young People in Northern Ireland, Marina Monteith, The Queen's University of Belfast. 8. The Looking After Children Records System: An Evaluation of the Scottish Pilot, Suzanne Wheelaghan and Malcolm Hill, University of Glasgow. 9. Educating Accommodated Children, Moira Borland, University of Glasgow. 10. Confusion and Perceptions: Social Work Conceptions Regarding Black Children in Scotland, Satnam Singh, Vijay Patel and Patricia Falconer, Barnardo's Scotland. 11. From Childhood to Adulthood: The Outcomes of a Twenty-Year Follow-up of Children who Failed to Thrive, Dorota Iwaniec, The Queen's University of Belfast. 12. Visual Signal in Child-Child and Adult-Child Communication: Implications for the Use of the Live Link with Child Witnesses, Gywneth Doherty-Sneddon, University of Stirling, Sandra McAuley and Ozlem Carrera. 13. Law, Policy, Practice and Research in Child and Family Social Work, Malcolm Hill, University of Glasgow and Dorota Iwaniec, The Queen's University of Belfast. The Contributors. References. Subject Index. Author Index.
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