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Change and continuity in children's services

Author: R A Parker
Publisher: Bristol : Policy Press, 2015.
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There are, sadly, children whose lives are severely blighted by abuse, by neglect and by separation from their parents. Ways have been devised to protect and care for them. Some have been encouragingly enlightened while others have been deeply misguided. These essays describe and explain the significant political, economic, legal and ideological factors that have shaped this history from the mid-1850s up to the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: R A Parker
ISBN: 144732224X 9781447322245
OCLC Number: 908631326
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: CHANGE AND CONTINUITY IN CHILDREN'S SERVICES; Cover illustration; Contents; Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Introduction: patterns of change and continuity ; I Legislation; II Policy; III Making progress; IV Problems and issues; 2. Residential child care: an historical perspective; I The Poor Law influence; II The quest for control; III The influence of the voluntary children's organisations; IV The inter-war years; V The post-war years; VI What of the future?; 3. From boarding-out to foster care*; I Boarding-out and the Poor Law in the nineteenth century II The inter-war yearsIII The war years and after; 4. The evolution of landmark legislation*; I The 'Children's Charter' 1908; II Dismantling the Poor Law; III Taking reform further; IV The process of reform; 5. Getting started with the Children Act 1948: what do we learn?*; I A starting point; II The lucky dip; III Women in higher places; IV Getting established; V Assessing performance; VI Improving the services; VII Lessons?; 6. Child care in the melting pot in the 1980s*; I Narrowness; II The lack of differentiation; III Static images; IV Imitation; V So, what's to be done? 7. Trends, transitions and tensions: children's services since the 1980s*I Looking at some statistics1; II Policies and politics; III And some continuities; 8. Reflections on the assessment of outcomes in child care*; I The stability of outcomes over time; II The relationship between individual and aggregate outcomes; III How comprehensive should selected outcomes be?; IV The categories of children for whom outcomes are assessed; V The evaluation of outcomes; VI Attribution, prediction and explanation; 9. The role and function of inquiries*; I Variety, scope and classification II Inauguration, form and procedureIII So, what next?; IV The call for lessons to be learned; V Inquiries: change or continuity?; 10. Evidence, judgement, values and engagement*; I Evidence; II Judgement; III Values; IV Engagement; 11. Emerging issues: looking ahead; I The private provision of services; II Emerging trends; III The quest for prevention; Notes and references ; Bibliography; Index
Responsibility: Roy Parker.


This collection of 12 new and revised essays on child care and children's services gives a unique and lasting review of child care services explaining significant political, economic, legal and  Read more...


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"This is a book that should be read by every serious researcher, policy maker, manager and senior practitioner in children's services." Research, Policy and Planning "Highly recommended... enables Read more...

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