• Summary
  • Contents
  • 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.

Intended Audience

The ...

Disabled Children and Young People
Disabled children and young people

In this chapter, our focus rests with the major concerns of the book – assessment, family support, child maltreatment, looked after children and leaving care – as they relate to disabled children and young people (hereafter shortened to children unless specifically addressing the older age group). Although coverage here will often stress the common experiences of disabled children and families, it is important to remember that they comprise a heterogeneous group in terms of the nature, extent and sometimes combination of impairments, and the impact of social divisions based on class, gender or ethnicity

Terminology and Models of Disability

The discursive domain of disability is a controversial and contested one. It is customary to talk in terms of ...

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