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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.

Intended Audience

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Safeguarding Children: Contemporary Policy and Practice
Safeguarding children: Contemporary policy and practice

In this, the first of two chapters on child maltreatment, our aim is to examine the way in which state interventions in the cause of ‘child protection’ have evolved since the passing of the Children Act 1989. This will entail consideration of both policy frameworks and processes of intervention and their wider social and political contexts, including the influence of the media and child maltreatment inquiries. A particular concern will be to explore the ways in which maltreatment is socially constructed and often highly contested in its meanings and parameters.

Child Maltreatment – A Social Construction?

It has become commonplace to acknowledge the socially constructed nature of child maltreatment. However, this is open to different interpretations. ...

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