1st Edition

Child Protection and the Care Continuum
Theoretical, Empirical and Practice Insights

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ISBN 9781760529680
November 25, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
344 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This important new book critically examines the complex policy and practice issues surrounding child protection, including the impact of theoretical orientations, contemporary debates, policy initiatives and research findings, and maintains an emphasis on the ethics and values underpinning child welfare interventions.

The book introduces policies that are central to understanding the position and needs of children and young people, and how policy and practice have been influenced by developments including the children’s rights agenda. It also explores the most significant issue in child welfare. These include: the experience of maltreatment by children, the systems of child protection to safeguard them, the methods and challenges of risk assessment, and the wide range of policy and therapeutic interventions to respond to children’s needs. The book also examines family support to promote children’s wellbeing before considering provision for children and young people who are looked after in out of home care. There is also a final section that focuses on best practice in communicating and working with children and young people drawing on participatory, rights-oriented and resilience-based approaches, and supporting foster and adoptive carers and biological parents.

Contributing in a substantive and clear manner to a growing international conversation about the present function and future directions for child welfare in contemporary societies, this textbook will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate social work students and those from allied disciplines, and professionals who are engaged in child welfare services.

Table of Contents


Biographies of Contributors


Part 1: The context of child and family welfare

Chapter 1: Policy and Trends in Child Welfare in Australia and the Global Context
Elizabeth Fernandez and Paul Delfabbro

Chapter 2: Theoretical and Value Frameworks Underpinning Work with Children and Families
Elizabeth Fernandez and Paul Delfabbro

Chapter 3: Children’s Rights and the Protective Care Continuum
Jennifer Driscoll

Part 2: Child abuse and neglect

Chapter 4: Working with Cases of Neglect and Emotional Abuse
David Shemmings and Alice Loving

Chapter 5: Child Sexual Abuse
Dale Tolliday

Chapter 6: Assessment in Child Protection
Elizabeth Fernandez

Chapter 7: Child Protection and the Role of the Children’s Court
Rosemary Sheehan

Chapter 8: Therapeutic Approaches to Children and Families in Child Protection Contexts
Paul Delfabbro and Alexandra Osborn

Part 3: The protective care continuum

Chapter 9: Prevention and Early Intervention with Children, Young People, and Families
Carmel Devaney

Chapter 10: Foster Family Care as a Response to Child Maltreatment
June Thoburn

Chapter 11: Kinship Care in Australia and the United Kingdom
Meredith Kiraly and Elaine Farmer

Chapter 12: Therapeutic Residential Care
Kenny Kor and Patricia McNamara

Chapter 13: Educational Interventions that Improve the Attainment and Progress of Children in Out-of-home Care
Judy Sebba

Chapter 14: Reunification in Out-of-home Care
Elizabeth Fernandez and Paul Delfabbro

Chapter 15: Creating a Family Life for a Child through Adoption
John Simmonds

Chapter 16: Beyond Care: Identities, transitions and outcomes
Philip Mendes and Jade Purtell

Part 4: Children, parents and carers as stakeholders

Chapter 17: Child Protection and Child Participation
Jan Mason and Tobia Fattore

Chapter 18: The Right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families to Effective Child Protection Services
Clare Tilbury and Natalie Lewis

Chapter 19: Engaging First Mothers, Fathers and Grandparents in the Care Continuum
Elizabeth Fernandez and Ros Thorpe

Chapter 20: Responding to Carers’ Needs
Jill Duerr Berrick


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Elizabeth Fernandez is Professor of Social Work, School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia and teaches courses in Lifespan, health and resilience, Child and family welfare practice and Research. Her research focuses on child and family poverty, early intervention and family support, pathways and outcomes for children in care, including reunification of separated children and outcomes of care leavers. She has led several Australian Research Council funded research studies focusing on these themes.

Paul Delfabbro completed his PhD in Psychology in 1998 and has been employed by the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide, Australia, since 2001 in a combined teaching and research position.  He was appointed to Professor in 2014 and has served as Deputy Head of School since 2013. His principal research areas are behavioural addictions, applied cognition and child protection. He has published over 200 refereed journal articles and another 100 government reports, book chapters and conference papers.