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:
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.
‘…exceptionally well evidenced and explained so that the overall argument makes a compelling case for paradigm change…this is an excellent book, making a compelling case for the need for a radical change in the way society supports and polices families.’ – Eileen Munro, Child and Family Social Work
'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, Clemson University, USA
Section 1: Reforming Child Protection 1. Reforming Child Protection: Principles and Themes of Effective Child, Family and Community Well-Being Section 2: The Successes and Failures of Child Protection 2. The Chequered History of Contemporary Child Protection Practice 3. Differential Responses and Changing Social Mandates 4. The Troubled State of Organizational Environments 5. Service Users and Stakeholders Section 3: A Child and Family Well-Being Reform Agenda 6. Reforming Child Protection: Principles and Processes 7. A New Ethical and Practice Framework 8. Effective Organizational and Service Delivery Models 9 . Planning and Implementing Change Section 4: Crisis, What Crisis? The Past and the Future: Choice and Chance 10. Change and the Future of Child and Family Well-Being Practice