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1st Edition

Reforming Child Protection

ISBN 9780415429061
Published September 3, 2008 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Bob Lonne is a senior lecturer at the School of Social Work and Applied Human Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia.

Nigel Parton is NSPCC Professor in Applied Childhood Studies in the Centre of Applied Childhood Studies at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Jane Thomson is Head of the School of Social Work and Community Welfare at James Cook University, Australia, and the North Queensland Director on the National Board of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Maria Harries is Associate Professor in the School of Social and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia, Australia.


‘…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