- Subject index
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.
Chapter 10: Governing Child Social Work: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions
Governing Child Social Work: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions
While some of the major issues within child social work have an enduring quality, the landscape for policy and practice has changed dramatically since}the time of the Children Act 1989. Mirroring wider trends in the public sector, much of this change stems from efforts to improve management and co-ordination among those working with children and families. The fruits and ambition of this endeavour are well captured in the government's recent Children's Plan for England, discussed further below. In this chapter, we consider key cross-cutting issues linked to the delivery and governance of what is now termed ‘children's services’. Discussion will focus particularly on developments in England, where they ...