Residential Child Care
248 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Dec 1999
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Residential Child Care

International Perspectives on Links with Families and Peers

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Children have a much higher chance of permanently leaving care if they have strong and positive family and peer group relationships. Reflecting current political and policy priorities, Residential Child Care focuses on new developments designed to promote these family and network relationships. The book examines both care policies and individual schemes which involve families and other network members in the planning and care of children looked after in residential units or children's homes. The book provides guidelines on how to broaden the focus of residential care from staff - children relationships within the institution to more diffuse social networks of family and peers and outlines the principles which underpin the new emphasis on external social contacts.Including examples of innovatory ideas and good practice from abroad, Residential Child Care shows why encouraging families to maintain an active role in the welfare of their children in care is important. The book explores the implications for child welfare systems as well as individual establishments, managers and practitioners.
'The opening two chapters by Malcolm Hill, who leads the Centre for the Child and Society at the University of Glasgow are, as ever, good value and a godsend to students. if residential care is going to survive in the UK we urgently need fresh ideas and constant reminders of how it is organised elsewhere - examples are contained within this book.'- British Journal of Social Work
Mono Chakrabarti is Professor of Social Work at the University of Strathclyde. He has published in the fields of comparative social policy, community care and anti-racism. Malcolm Hill is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for the Child and Society, University of Glasgow. He has published in the fields of child welfare, children's issues and family policy, and has edited a number of books for Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Preface. 1. The Residential Child Care Context, Malcolm Hill, University of Glasgow, Scotland. 2. Inclusiveness in Residential Child Care, Malcolm Hill, University of Glasgow, Scotland. 3. Meeting Children's Needs through Practice in Perth and Kinross, Andrew Turnbull, Perth & Kinross Social Services, Australia. 4. Partners in Parenting: Safe Reunification, Nora Fariss, Mofflyn, Perth, Australia. 5. Parental Responses to a complementary Model of Residential Care, Denis Halliday, Boy's Town, Australia. 6. Residential Treatment: A Resource for Families, Elizabeth Ridgely, The George Hull Centre for Children, Toronto, Canada. 7. The Family Group Home in Israel, Nechama Gluck, Hamifal Childrens Homes, Jerusalem, Israel. 8. Family Reconstruction and the Implications for Group Care Workers: An American Perspective, Irene Stevens, Social Work Services, Daldorch House School, East Ayrshire, Scotland. 9. Role of Siblings to Children in Residential Care, Marjent Kosonen, Angus Council Social Work Department, Scotland. 10. Peer Groups: A Neglected Resource, John Hudson, Health and Personal Social Services, Huddersfield. 11. Conclusion, Mono Chakrabati, University of Stathclyde, Scotland. The Contributors. Market
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