In principle, the UK's framework for child welfare is fairly straightforward. The dominant assumption is that the upbringing of children is largely a matter for parents or guardians. In turn, the state's role is threefold. First, it sets the legal parameters for parental rights and responsibilities. Second, it offers support to families in areas such as health care, education, housing or cash benefits, either ‘universally’ to all families or more ‘selectively’, based on criteria of deprivation or ‘special needs’. Third, the state has evolved powers and duties to ‘intervene’ in families when there are concerns regarding child welfare, and it is broadly with this role ...
Child Social Work Policy & Practice: An Introduction
Child social work policy & practice: An introduction
Child Social Work, State and Family