The future of children's care : critical perspectives on children's services reform / edited by Robin Sen and Christian Kerr ; with a foreword by June Thoburn.

  • Bristol : Policy Press, an imprint of Bristol University Press, 2023.
  • ©2023
xiv, 222 pages ; 22 cm


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Bringing together a range of perspectives from practice, lived experience and academia, this is an accessible and timely guide to children's services reform. Critically considering the impact of the MacAlister Review, the book highlights both the positive and negative aspects of reform, before setting out alternative policy and practice directions.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Front Matter
  • Contents
  • Notes on contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword
  • Introduction: critical perspectives on children's services reform
  • Where now? Children's rights in England into the 2020s
  • More of memes than schemes: networked propagation in children's social care
  • Reclaiming social work, the social work complex and issues of bias in children's services
  • Humane social work practice: a more parent friendly system? Hopes and challenges in the 2020s
  • Exploring and re-imagining children's services in England through a decolonial frame
  • Kinship care for England and Wales in the 2020s: assumptions, challenges and opportunities
  • If adoption is the answer, what was the question?
  • Caring for children and young people in state care in the 2020s
  • Protecting children: a social model for the 2020s
  • Conclusion: children's services reform looking back and forwards
  • Index
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  • 1447368266
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