- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (10 July 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415429056
- ISBN-13: 978-0415429054
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
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Reforming Child Protection Hardcover – 10 Jul 2008
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‘…exceptionally well evidenced and explained so that the overall argument makes a compelling case for paradigm change…this is an excellent book, making a compelling case for the need for a radical change in the way society supports and polices families.’ – Eileen Munro, Child and Family Social Work
'Reforming Child Protection is an important step in building the intellectual foundation for transformation of the systems most directly responsible for children's safety.' – Gary B. Melton, Clemson University, USA
About the Author
Bob Lonne is a senior lecturer at the School of Social Work and Applied Human Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia.
Nigel Parton is NSPCC Professor in Applied Childhood Studies in the Centre of Applied Childhood Studies at the University of Huddersfield, UK.
Jane Thomson is Head of the School of Social Work and Community Welfare at James Cook University, Australia, and the North Queensland Director on the National Board of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
Maria Harries is Associate Professor in the School of Social and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia, Australia.
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This is an impotrant debate that they are putting forward and one that policy makers, service deliverers, politicians and other stakeholders need to have. There is just too much research that shows children and familes are not coming out of the system better off; families are fragmented; the disenfranchised and powerless are too over represented and prevention is ineffective when it is being tried.
Their proposals for change seem impractical and idealistic at some levels. Many practitioners will struggle to see how their changes will not simply be a wave of changes once again engulfing them in efforts that are only a port in an ever changing sea.
This should not stop the potential reader. Indeed, their proposals are a valid starting point in this urgent debate. One fears that those who really need to hear what they have to say and engage a dialogue about what can be different will be uninterested until the next high profile child dealth occurs. What these authors are trying to say, however, is that rather than make knee jerk political changes in response to such crisis moments, think it through and make real change that cause families and society to conclude that child welfare services make society better as opposed to worse off.
Peter W Choate, PhD, Calgary