Positive Child Protection

Positive Child Protection

by Andrew Cooper, John Pitts, Karen Baistow, Rachel Hetherington
     
 

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… See more details below

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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

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781898924357
Publisher:
Russell House Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Pages:
184

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