Change and Continuity in Children's Services

Roy Parker

Change and Continuity in Children's Services

Roy Parker

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $126.00 ISBN: 9781447322221 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Drawing on a lifetime of research in the history of child welfare, Roy Parker’s collection of twelve new and revised essays explores the political, economic, legal, and ideological aspects of child care and children’s services since the mid-1850s. Parker examines how the services for some of society’s most vulnerable children have developed, as well as how well they have met and whether they continue to meet the needs of those children. An essential look at the changes and continuities within welfare policy, this book provides a historical resource that will inform the study of social work and social policy students, social and legal historians, political scientists, and government administrators.
Contents
Introduction: Patterns of change and continuity
Residential child care: an historical perspective
From boarding-out to foster care
The evolution of landmark legislation
Getting started with the Children Act 1948: what do we learn?
Child care in the melting pot in the 1980s
Trends, transitions and tensions: children’s services since the 1980s
Reflections on the assessment of outcomes in child care
The role and function of inquiries
Evidence, values, judgement and engagement
Emerging issues: looking ahead
Review Quotes
Research, Policy & Planning
"This is a book that should be read by every serious researcher, policy maker, manager, and senior practitioner in children's services."
Child Care in Practice
"Highly recommended. The book's extensive use of notes and references as footnotes within a separate section at the end of the volume is well conveived. This enables the reader to engage with the text and its multiple use of statistics in a manner that does not hamper the reader's understanding."
Ian Sinclair, University of York, UK
“This is an incisive, scholarly, and elegantly written book, relevant to the future as to the past. I know no one else who could have written it.”
Roger Bullock, emeritus professor of child welfare research, University of Bristol, UK, and former director, Dartington Social Research Unit, UK
“In this unique historical overview, Parker brings life-long scholarship to an analysis of the changing problems facing disadvantaged children in Britain. Continuities and discontinuities, conflicts and resolutions are carefully considered in this exceptionally thoughtful and fascinating compendium.”
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