Understanding Children's Social Care
Politics, Policy and Practice
- Nick Frost - Leeds Beckett University
- Nigel Parton - University of Huddersfield, UK
Child Protection | Politics of Education | Social Work - Children
"Clear yet thorough; practical yet politically insightful; complicated yet coherent ... this book will appeal to those who want to get an overview of the territory, but also to those who wish to drill down deeper and understand the theoretical underpinning of government policies." - Martin C. Calder, Honorary Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University
Understanding Children's Social Care is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview and critical analysis of children's social care in England following the introduction of Every Child Matters and the 2007 Children's Plan. The book examines the key issues surrounding child care policy and legislation, and the implications these have for practice. Authors Nick Frost and Nigel Parton draw upon sociological theory and debate to help the reader understand the future direction of policy and practice, presenting seemingly complex theoretical ideas in an accessible and coherent manner.
The book begins by examining theories and explanations of social change, and goes on to relate these ideologies to social care policy initiatives in the UK. The final part of the book evaluates the implementation of these across a range of practice areas.
- Bridges the gaps between theory, policy and practice
- Includes comprehensive content and a discussion of a variety of legal and policy contexts
- Encourages a critical engagement with key developments of policy and practice
- Relates to the current issues in social work and social care education
Understanding Children's Social Care is essential reading for those studying child social care on programs in social work, childhood studies, and social policy, and will also interest practitioners in child care.
"These two authors are always worth reading for their breadth and
originality. Their new book offers a timely and stimulating analysis of
modern children's services."
- David Berridge, Professor of Child and Family Welfare, University of Bristol
"Clear yet thorough; practical yet politically insightful; complicated yet coherent ... this book will appeal to those who want to get an overview of the territory, but also to those who wish to drill down deeper and understand the theoretical underpinning of government policies."
- Martin C Calder, Honorary Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam Univeristy
This text provides a comprehensive historical account to child welfare in the United Kingdom and how policies have developed and changed throughout the last several decades. This would be beneficial to students who are wanting to pursue a career in the field of Children's services. Additionally, this text links theory to practical application which would enable the students to develop their own knowledge and understanding in relation to best practice.
This is a brilliant book that gives a clear overview of social care explaining policy, practice and politics.
This is an excellent text that provides students with a good insight into the contemporary issues of safeguarding policy. It also provides a good basis for students to compare theory and how it impacts on practical application.
An excellent foundation text which provides the reader with a clear and concise overview of children's social care in England. This insight is particularly useful in light of the continuing change in the provision of child social care.
Excellent book which covers many aspects of the safeguarding module.
The combination of both practice application and policy makes this a useful text across a number of modules.
Useful informative overview of many background issues affecting children's social care
Again recommended reading for the SCPHN/hv and SCPHN/sn student to give background to the policy context of their work
useful text for Health and Social Care learners studying safefguarding issues for looked after children