Supporting Families: Child Protection in the Community / Edition 1

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How successful have recent government initiatives been in preventing child harm and family breakdown? The NSPCC recently conducted a large-scale two-year evaluation study with families in difficulty, to explore the content and effectiveness of family support services. Looking at the services from all stakeholder perspectives - children, parents, staff - Ruth Gardner presents the findings of the study and asks to what extent specific problems such as parental stress, vulnerability, isolation and child behaviour were resolved over six months of interventions including group work, parent training and volunteer home visiting. Using the voices of all the stakeholders, Supporting Families reviews the national policy for family support since the inception of social services departments and, through best practice and policy recommendations, points the way forward to more inclusive provision. Bringing together NSPCC research with key practice-based solutions, Ruth Gardner's timely study is required reading for everyone working to prevent child harm.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It provided me with an excellent, well·researched overview of a range of family support services in the UK. ... I found the book to be a quick, enjoyable read ... .A valuable resource for professional practitioners, researchers and policymakers internationally or in the UK." (Journal of Children's Services, August 2007)

"There is much to be gained from the trend of the findings and also from other sources of information." (Child & Adolescent Mental Health, November 2004)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471499701
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/23/2002
  • Series: Wiley Child Protection & Policy Series, #7
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Gardner is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal Holloway College, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jane Tunstill.


Report of the Committee on Local Authority and Allied Personal Social Services 1972.

Message from Paul Boateng, Minister of Health.

Introduction and Summary of Findings.

About the Families.

Parental Stress and Ill-Health.

Children and Family Support.

Typologies of Family Difficulties.

Support Networks in the Community.

Overview of Family Support Provided by the NSPCC.

Examples of Family Support Practices.

Children in Need and Local Services.

Family Support Now.


Reading List.

Appendix (Methodology).

Subject Index.

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