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Palgrave Macmillan

Understanding Child and Family Welfare

Statutory Responses to Children at Risk

ISBN 9780230250192
Publication Date February 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

How do workers around the world balance risk and support to ensure that their practice meets the ever-changing needs of children and their families?

Renowned authors Marie Connolly and Kate Morris join forces to explore the frameworks and ideas which have shaped contemporary child and family welfare practice. From definitions of abuse to assessment models, they examine the knowledge base which lies at the heart of safe and effective statutory practice with children and families.

Drawing on examples from a range of English-speaking jurisdictions, the book explores:
■ How to engage families, including participatory approaches and the role of the Family Group Conference;
■ How to create positive out-of-home environments for children, discussing foster, kinship and residential care and adoption settings;
■ How to improve professional decision-making through supervision and other organizational frameworks.

At a time when child welfare systems across the globe are undergoing review, Understanding Child and Family Welfare provides a timely exploration of the reform agendas which will shape future practice. With sharp analytic insights into the difficulties and dilemmas which characterize this field, it is fundamental reading for all students studying child and family support or child protection, as well as for practitioners working within children and family settings.

MARIE CONNOLLY Chair and Head of Social Work at the School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia. She was previously the Chief Social Worker within the New Zealand government, and was Associate Professor and Director at the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has published extensively in her area of scholarship, including eight related books, most recently Child Death by Maltreatment (2007), Morals, Rights and Practice in the Human Services (2008) and Social Work: Contexts and Practice 2nd Edition (2009). She holds an honorary professorship at the University of Auckland and she has a statutory background in child protection. 
KATE MORRIS Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK. She was previously Head of Social Work at the University of Birmingham, UK. 

Responding to Children at Risk
Regulatory Frameworks in Child Welfare
Practice Frameworks, Models and Resources in Child Welfare
Family Engagement Strategies in Child Welfare
Statutory Systems of Care
Supporting Family-based Systems of Care
The Experiences and Voices of Children in Care
Strengthening Practice
Concluding Thoughts


'The international perspectives the authors bring to the topic are a real strength. A very interesting and readable text which provides an in-depth analysis of child and family welfare.' – Sue Peckover, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Childhood Studies, University of Huddersfield, UK
'This book provides a really nice philosophical and practical comparison between different child welfare systems - of particular importance given the increased diversification of populations being served in the US.' - Robin R. Wingo, Associate Professor and MSW Field Director, Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA
'One of the strengths of the book is that it demonstrates that mastery of knowledge alone is not sufficient for effective practice in the child protection field. Each chapter highlights that it is how knowledge integrates with practice that is important.' – Yvonne Crichton-Hill, Senior Lecturer, School of Social and Political Sciences, Social Work Programme, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
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