1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Global Child Welfare

Edited By Pat Dolan, Nick Frost Copyright 2017
    389 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    408 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In the context of the increasing global movement of people and a growing evidence base for differing outcomes in child welfare, Routledge Handbook of Global Child Welfare provides a compelling account of child welfare, grounded in the latest theory, policy and practice. Drawing on eminent international expertise, the book offers a coherent and comprehensive overview of the policies, systems and practices that can deliver the best outcomes for children. It considers the challenges faced by children globally, and the difference families, services and professionals can make. This ambitious and far-reaching handbook is essential reading for everyone working to make the world a better and safer place for children.

    Introduction, (Pat Dolan and Nick Frost)

    Part I: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives

    Introduction to Part I, (Pat Dolan and Nick Frost)

    1. Children, Parents and the Family: 1500-1900, (Linda Pollock)

    2. Child Welfare: History and Origins, (Nick Frost)

    3. Children and Childhood: Viewed Through Different Disciplinary Lenses, (Hazel Wright)

    Part II: Parenting, Resilience and Community Support

    Introduction to Part II, (Pat Dolan and Nick Frost)

    4. Community Development Approaches in Response to Neoliberalism: The Example of Eskasoni Mental Health Services, Canada, (Linda Leibenberg and Daphne Hutt-Macleod)

    5. The Centrality of Community: Achieving Child and Youth Welfare, (Sarah Eissler and Mark Brennan)

    6. Universal Service Provision for Children and Young People: A Challenge for Policy Makers, (Roger Smith)

    7. Child Welfare Practice in New Zealand: Challenges and Possibilities, (Robyn Munford and Jackie Saunders)

    Part III: Family Support

    Introduction to Part III, (Pat Dolan and Nick Frost)

    8. Promoting Children’s Welfare through Family Support, (Carmel Devaney)

    9. Contemporary Young Motherhood: Global Perspectives of Everyday Experiences, (Barry Fearnley)

    10. The Relevance of Youth Civic Engagement for Child Welfare: Lessons Learnt from Socialist and Post-Socialist Slovenia, (Tanja Kovačič and Pat Dolan)

    11. Children’s Rights, Social Justice and Family Support: Developing Inclusive, Intersectional and Participatory Practice, (John M. Davis and Mary Smith)

    Part IV: Crime and Violence against Children

    Introduction to Part IV, (Pat Dolan and Nick Frost)

    12. Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation: Would an International Age of Consent to Sexual Activity Help Secure the Welfare of children?, (Jenny Pearce)

    13. Child Labour Exploitation: A Historical and Global Perspective, (Gary Craig)

    14. Child Welfare and Serbia on the Path Towards European Integration, (Nevenka Žegarac)

    15. The Impact of Intimate Partner Violence on Children: A Global and Developmental Analysis, (Hannah Clark and Sandra Graham-Bermann)

    16. The Impact of Exposure to Domestic Abuse on Children and Young People: Lessons from Research, (Stephanie Holt)

    17. Comparing Child Protection Systems: Towards a Global Perspective, (Nigel Parton)

    Part V: Substitute Care

    Introduction to Part V, (Pat Dolan and Nick Frost)

    18. Kinship Care for Children and Young People: International Perspectives, (J.P. Gleeson)

    19. International Adoption: A Global Challenge, (Oh Myo Kim, JaeRan Kim and Randy Tarnowski)

    20. Residential Care for Children and Young People: Policy and Practice Challenges, (Claudia Mollidor and David Berridge)

    21. Institutionalisation and the Commodification of Children: How to Ensure Children Regain their Right to Family Life, (Georgette Mulheir and Lina Gyllensten)

    Part VI: Promoting Positive Practice

    Introduction to Part VI, (Pat Dolan and Nick Frost)

    22. From Relationship-Based Practice in Child Welfare Services to Co-Production with Families, (Nuala Connolly, Liam White and Mirja Satka)

    23. Multi-Disciplinary Work with Children and Young People: Process and Outcomes, (Nick Frost)

    24.Youth Mentoring as a Form of Support for Children and Young People at Risk: Insights from Research and Practice, (Caroline McGregor, Mary Lynch and Bernadine Brady)

    25. Activated Empathy in Child Welfare and Youth Development: A Case for Consideration, (Pat Dolan, James Kenny and Danielle Kennan)

    26. The Use of Play Skills During Child Protection and Welfare Assessments: Building Relationships with Children to Explore Attachment Relationships, (Lisa O’Reilly and Pat Dolan)

    27. Conclusion, (Pat Dolan and Nick Frost)


    Pat Dolan is joint founder and Director of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He holds the prestigious UNESCO Chair in Children, Youth and Civic Engagement, the first to be awarded in the Republic of Ireland.

    Nick Frost is Professor of Social Work at Leeds Beckett University. A qualified and registered social worker, he has been an independent chair of two Local Safeguarding Children Boards in England. He has written widely in relation to child protection, children in care and family support.