Child Welfare 1872-1989 is the first comprehensive book on the history of social policy and child welfare from the 1870s to the present. It offers a full narrative of the development of social services for children, covering a range of topics including infant life protection and welfare, sexuality, child guidance, medical treatment, war time evacuation, and child poverty. Equally importantly the book studies the attitudes to policy-makers towards children. It reveals the way in which children have been viewed both as victims of and threats to the society in which they lived.
'Here is a standard text, one unlikely to be bettered for a long time.' – Youth and Policy
'What Hendrick has done is to lay out some tantalising strands in the history of child welfare.' – History Workshop
'Of great interest to scholars in a range of disciplines and which seems certain to become a staple on the student reading lists for years to come.' – Times Higher Education Supplement