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Reforming Child Protection - Bob Lonne

Paperback Published: 10th July 2008
ISBN: 9780415429061
Number Of Pages: 232

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Child protection is one of the most high profile and challenging areas of social work, as well as one where children's lives and family life are seen to be at stake. Vital as child protection work is, this book argues that there is a pressing need for change in the understanding and consequent organization of child protection in many English speaking countries.

The authors present compelling evidence from around the globe demonstrating that systems across the Western world are failing children, families and social workers. They then set out a radical plan for reform:




  • Providing an overview of contemporary child protection policies and practices across the English speaking world

  • Presenting a clear and innovative theoretical framework for understanding the problems in the child protection system

  • Developing an alternative, ethical framework which locates child protection in the broader context of effective and comprehensive support for children, young people and families at the neighbourhood and community levels



Grounded in the recent and contemporary literature, research and scholarly inquiry, this book capitalises on the experiences and voices of children, young people, families and workers who are the most significant stakeholders in child protection. It will be an essential read for those who work, research, teach or study in the area.

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Reforming Child Protection is an important step in building the intellectual foundation for transformation of the systems most directly responsible for children's safety. Gary B. Melton, Institute on Family and Neighbourhood Life, Clemson University, USA.

List of illustrationsp. xi
Forewordp. xii
List of abbreviationsp. xvi
Reforming child protection-introduction: an overviewp. 1
Reforming child protection: principles and themes of effective child, family, and community well-beingp. 3
The successes and failures of child protectionp. 15
The chequered history of contemporary child protection practicep. 17
The original discovery of child abuse and its subsequent disappearancep. 19
The (re)emergence of child abuse as a major social problemp. 23
The growing crisis in child protectionp. 26
Conclusionsp. 35
Differential responses and changing social mandatesp. 37
Differential responsep. 38
Integrating "child protection" and "family support"p. 42
Improving the "well-being" of childrenp. 46
Managerialization and proceduralizationp. 51
Workload and service delivery outcomesp. 54
The troubled state of organizational environmentsp. 56
Organizational failurep. 57
Ideology and the reconstructed welfare statep. 58
New Public Managementp. 60
Case management-part of the problem?p. 62
Working in child protectionp. 66
Organizational cultures and climatesp. 70
Service users and stakeholdersp. 75
Limitations of the literaturep. 76
Relationshipp. 77
Cultural issuesp. 77
Children and young peoplep. 78
Parentsp. 81
Gender and service user partnershipp. 85
Foster carersp. 86
Foster carer's own childrenp. 89
Child protection practitionersp. 90
Community stakeholdersp. 92
Summaryp. 95
A child and family well-being reform agendap. 97
Reforming child protection: principles and processesp. 99
A comprehensive new approachp. 100
Beyond risk and child deathp. 101
The centrality of the familyp. 103
A new approach to evidencep. 105
Let's have some real change for a changep. 106
Supporting workersp. 108
Moving beyond the rhetoricp. 109
A reorienting of thinkingp. 110
The centrality of neighborhoods and community-based servicesp. 111
A new ethical and practice frameworkp. 114
What is ethics?p. 116
Theoretical approaches to ethicsp. 119
Ethical practice for child and family well-beingp. 122
The managerial context for ethical practicep. 122
Theoretical frameworkp. 124
Implications for child and family well-being practicep. 128
Effective organizational and service delivery modelsp. 131
The core problems to be addressedp. 132
Principles and themes for reformp. 134
Structural rearrangements and realignmentsp. 139
Planning and implementing changep. 151
Failed changed managementp. 153
Principles and themes for change management processesp. 157
Systemic change processesp. 159
Organizational change management processesp. 163
Crisis? What crisis? The past and the future: choice and chancep. 169
Change and the future of child and family well-being practicep. 171
The successes and failures of child protectionp. 173
The reform agendap. 178
Crisis, what crisis?p. 185
Referencesp. 187
Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9780415429061
ISBN-10: 0415429064
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 10th July 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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