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Supporting Parents : Messages from Research - David Quinton

Supporting Parents

Messages from Research

Paperback Published: 15th February 2004
ISBN: 9781843102106
Number Of Pages: 272

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Supporting Parents brings together authoritative research on supporting parents and carers. Underpinning the government's developing policy for children's services, it is essential reading for practitioners, policy makers and academics working in child care. Professor David Quinton, a nationally recognized authority in the field of parenting and child development, summarizes the key findings of an innovative government-funded series of research studies. The studies explored subjects as diverse as parenting in poverty, disabled parents and children, step-parenting, teenage parents, imprisoned fathers, and parents who reject their children. Drawing out the key messages for practice and policy, this accessible overview shows how 'informal' support can be complemented by the provision of a fully integrated multi-agency response from health care, education and social services. This important book should be read by all those professionals working with children and their families, including social workers, teachers, GPs and health visitors.

The emphasis on helping parents reach their own solutions, reducing inter-professional rivalries, assessing children holistically (and in partnership) and demanding rigorous evaluation echo much that is envisaged for the new children and family services'. -- Adoption and Fostering
This book provides an overview of the findings of 14 government-funded studies, carried out in the Supporting Parents initiative, between 1996 and 2002. The book presents research findings in non-technical language making them accessible to a wide readership. The strength of the book lies in the author's ability to deal with complexity, in terms of sources of support and content; diversity of family structures; problems faced by parents; and views on services. The only obvious omission, though this is understandable, is a lack of focus on supporting parents who do not engage with social work on a voluntary basis, for instance those who are subject to Parenting Orders. This book will be of great value to social workers and managers. It should be read by those planning new, or refocusing existing services. Most importantly, it should form part of a toolkit for children's services inter-agency planning, service delivery and partnership groups. -- Rostrum

Forewordp. 7
The overview processp. 9
Background and concepts
The supporting parents research initiativep. 13
Support and parentingp. 21
The policy contextp. 33
Parenting and its supports
Studies in the general populationp. 57
Studies of foster carep. 85
Parenting and support in the context of disabilityp. 107
Supporting parents who may be hard to helpp. 133
Cross-cutting themes
Summary and cross-cutting themesp. 177
App. A: The researchers' summaries of their studiesp. 207
App. B: List of readersp. 259
App. C: Members of the overview groupp. 261
Subject indexp. 263
Author indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9781843102106
ISBN-10: 1843102102
Series: Supporting Parents
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 15th February 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.21 x 20.96  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.84
Edition Number: 1