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Chapter 10: Governing Child Social Work: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions

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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 ...

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