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“These two authors are always worth reading for their breadth and originality. Their new book offers a timely and stimulating analysis of modern children's services.” -David Berridge, Professor of Child and Family Welfare, University of Bristol

“Clear yet thorough; practical yet politically insightful; complicated yet coherent … this book will appeal to those who want to get an overview of the territory, but also to those who wish to drill down deeper and understand the theoretical underpinning of government policies.” - Martin C. Calder, Honorary Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University

Understanding Children's Social Care is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview and critical analysis of children's social care in England following the introduction of Every Child Matters and the 2007 Children's Plan. The book examines the key issues surrounding child care policy and legislation, and the implications these have for practice. Authors Nick Frost and Nigel Parton draw upon sociological theory and debate to help the reader understand the future direction of policy and practice, presenting seemingly complex theoretical ideas in an accessible and coherent manner.

The book begins by examining theories and explanations of social change, and goes on to relate these ideologies to social care policy initiatives in the UK. The final part of the book evaluates the implementation of these across a range of practice areas.

Key Features

Bridges the gaps between theory, policy and practice; Includes comprehensive content and a discussion of a variety of legal and policy contexts; Encourages a critical engagement with key developments of policy and practice; Relates to the current issues in social work and social care education

Understanding Children's Social Care is essential reading for those studying child social care on programs in social work, childhood studies, and social policy, and will also interest practitioners in child care.

Introduction
Introduction

The aim of this book is to describe and analyse the nature and development of children's social care. In doing this we will explicitly locate our discussion in a framework informed by both political and policy contexts and their implications for practice. While our analyses will be of a wider international interest, it is important to state at the outset that our focus is England.

In many respects, ‘children's social care’ is a term that is used mainly in England and to a lesser extent in other parts of the United Kingdom. It is a term very much of the twenty-first century and one closely associated with the major changes introduced in England as part of the Every Child Matters: Change for Children programme (Department ...

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