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1st Edition

Shaping Children's Services

ISBN 9780815374640
Published February 4, 2019 by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

This text is an authoritative analysis of current services for children and young people in the UK. Drawing upon European-wide data, this innovative book critiques the policies that have shaped today’s services, argues that the current system is insufficiently joined-up and outlines a radical new model of co-located services for the integrated delivery of children’s care.

Shaping Children’s Services:

  • examines key indicators of children’s development;
  • provides a breakdown of the economics of caring for children;
  • explores the way government initiatives such as Sure Start, Extended Schools, Total Place and the Kennedy review of children’s health have shaped current policies;
  • charts the key twentieth-century developments of child welfare across health, education and social care and looks at the inter-relationships between health, social care, police, education and the voluntary sector;
  • presents both good and failing examples of children’s services.

Offering a thoughtful and provocative challenge on how the present system can be better configured to meet the needs of children and young people, this book is an essential read for all those involved in working with children from a range of fields, including health, education, social care, juvenile justice and voluntary sector services.

Table of Contents

Foreword Professor Sir Terence Stephenson DM, FRCPCH, FRCP


Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 The" Five Giant Evils". An historical perspective on services for children

Chapter 3 The troubled and troubling. Short term schemes for children

Chapter 4 Indices of childhood. Comparable European data

Chapter 5 The cost of caring for children

Chapter 6 Caring for children in the voluntary and private sectors

Chapter 7 The case for integration

Chapter 8 Building a world class service

Chapter 9 Whose children?

Appendix Case studies

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Chris Hanvey works as a non-executive director for the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, with a lead on safeguarding. He was also Vice Chair of the Department of Education’s Family Fund and is a Fellow of the RSA and the Dartington Social Policy Unit for children. Until recently, Dr Hanvey was the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and, prior to this, was the Deputy CEO of Barnardo’s and CEO of the Thomas Coram Foundation.