Positive Child Protection

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This work argues that in spite of the 1989 Children Act, child protection social work in England is still characterized by high professional anxiety, political ambiugity and a feeling of "stuckness". As a result of confusing relationships among the law, the citizen, social work and the state, and also the government's ambilavence toward social intervention in families, the authors contend that: social work has been bureaucratized

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Overview

This work argues that in spite of the 1989 Children Act, child protection social work in England is still characterized by high professional anxiety, political ambiugity and a feeling of "stuckness". As a result of confusing relationships among the law, the citizen, social work and the state, and also the government's ambilavence toward social intervention in families, the authors contend that: social work has been bureaucratized

social workers have been pilloried in the press and castigated by government

and that vulnerable children are no safer, while the log-jam of unallocated child protection cases has not diminished.

This study examines the English child protection system through European eyes, offering a range of alternatives to the impasse which currently afflicts it. It aims to answer questions left hanging by previous analysis, such as: which system best promotes partnership with parents?, which one offers most support to social workers?, and how can relationships between social workers and judges/magistrates be improved?

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  • ISBN-13: 9781898924357
  • Publisher: Russell House Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Pages: 184

Table of Contents

The politics of child protection in England and France
the child protection systems of England and France
the 1989 Children Act - "what" answers to "why" questions
legal and managerial annexation
partnership with the law
partnership with families
inter-agency partnership
social workers under pressure
managing anxiety
ironic investigations - international comparative research as a diagnostic tool for an ailing system
child protection at the crossroads - the implications of the research for policy, administration practice and training.
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