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Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children provides a multi-disciplinary analysis of current approaches to safeguarding children in the UK. It addresses the strengths, weaknesses and complexities inherent in the Government's objective of promoting opportunities for children through the Every Child Matters (ECM) framework. This book identifies key tensions and dilemmas in areas of policy and practice, and a number of significant questions are raised which, it is argued, need to be addressed if the aspirations of the ECM agenda are to be fully realized.

A critical text that takes the readership beyond the 'how to' of policy and practice, Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children encourages an engagement with government strategies and the ideas and discourses which frame them. Drawing contributors from the disciplines of criminology, education, geography, health, philosophy, social policy and social work, this book provides an up-to-date overview of policy and practice that encourages students to think broadly, across traditional subject boundaries with regard to the safeguarding agenda.

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"This excellent book helps explain why. Its chapters cover, for example, the move to safeguarding children, child poverty, parenting support, youth justice, looked after children, and refugees and asylum seeking children." (Professional Social Work, 1 September 2011)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470682326
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/21/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Broadhurst is a lecturer in Applied Social Science in the Department of Applied Social Science, Lancaster University. With a professional background in social work practice, she has a keen interest in how policy and legislative changes impact on the front-line delivery of services. She has a particular interest in qualitative research, including the ethnographic study of everyday practice. Her work is published in a range of national and international journals.

Chris Grover is a senior lecturer in Social Policy in the Department of Applied Social Science, Lancaster University. His main research interests and his recent journal publications concern various aspects of social security policy, including income replacement benefits for sick and/or disabled people, social assistance for low paid workers, and loaning social security payments. His most recent publication is Crime and Inequality (2008).

Janet Jamieson is a senior lecturer in Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University. Her teaching, research and publications primarily focus on youth justice, young people and crime, and gender and the criminal justice system. She is the co-editor of Gender and Crime: A Reader (2008).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Acknowledgements xiii

Abbreviations xv

1 Introduction: Safeguarding Children? Karen Broadhurst Chris Grover Janet Jamieson 1

2 Safeguarding Children: Historical Context and Current Landscape Carolyn Taylor 17

3 Every Child's Rights Matter David Archard 39

4 Child Poverty Chris Grover 55

5 The Common Assessment Framework: Effective Innovation for Children and Young People with 'Additional Needs' or Simply More Technical Hype? Andy Pithouse Karen Broadhurst 73

6 Arguing the Case in Safeguarding Sue White 93

7 Safeguarding Children through Parenting Support: How Does Every Parent Matter? Karen Broadhurst 111

8 Safeguarding Children's Well-being within Educational Settings: A Critical Review of Inclusion Strategies Jo Warin 131

9 'Health' and Safeguarding Children: An 'Expansionary Project' or 'Good Practice? Sue Peckover 149

10 'Be Healthy': Drugs, Alcohol and Safeguarding Children Ian Paylor 171

11 In Search of Youth Justice Janet Jamieson 189

12 Looked After Children and the Criminal Justice System Claire Fitzpatrick 211

13 Safeguarding Children Who Are Refugees or Asylum Seekers: Managing Multiple Scales of Legislation and Policy Malcolm Hill Peter Hopkins 229

14 Conclusion: Safeguarding Children? Karen Broadhurst Chris Grover Janet Jamieson 247

Index 259

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