Child welfare and social policy: An essential reader

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This book provides an essential one-stop introduction to the key concepts, issues, policies and practices affecting child welfare, with particular emphasis on the changing nature of the relationship between child welfare and social policy. No other book brings together such a wide selection of material to form an attractive and indispensable teaching and learning resource. Child welfare and social policy provides readers with an historical overview of child welfare in England and Wales; high quality contributions from leading authorities in the field; discursive introductions to each section that set individual chapters in the broader context of childhood studies and case study material to bring discussions to life.Key topics covered include morality and child welfare; relations between law, medicine, social work, social theory and child welfare; children's rights and democratic citizenship and children as raw material for 'social investment'.Child welfare and social policy is invaluable reading for students and academics in social policy, sociology, education and social work. It is also a useful resource for health and social work professionals wishing to follow current debates in theory and practice.

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Harry Hendrick, Institute of History, University of Southern Denmark

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This groundbreaking selection of seminal writings puts the subject of children and social policy in 21st-century Britain firmly on the map. Immense value is added by Harry Hendrick's introduction and trenchant critique, which locates every contribution within its specific policy context. This book is bound to become required reading for any under- and postgraduate social science student in the UK. Eva Lloyd, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

This book is important for the movement to change the way that children are viewed and subsequently change current social policy for children. The chapters are thought provoking and enlightening, providing many opportunities and conditions for the concepts to be viewed and evaluated. ... This text provides a new perspective, a challenge to old ways of defining the experience of childhood, a challenge to social policies response, and finally support for the legitimacy of the voices of children in finding their own solutions. International Journal of Sociology of the Family"... this reader is rich in fascinating and thought-provoking accounts and cannot fail in its aim to encourage thinking theoretically and politically about child welfare." Children & Society."[Child welfare and social policy] is a treasure trove of resources; a collection of classic and seminal writing from prestigious writers in the field. ...It is difficult to do justice to the book in such a short review... It is underpinned by strong child-centered values and reminds us that everything we do (or do not do) with children, young people and their families is a political act, involving choices. It has messages which will be of use to students and practitioners struggling with difficult ethical dilemmas and wondering how to intervene in desperate situations." Health and Social Care in the Community

... invaluable reading for students and academics, as well as interesting and useful for health and social work professionals. ChildRight

The depth and breadth of this collection will make it valuable reading for tertiary students as well as those working in professions which come into contact with children. Family Matters

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