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By Derek Kirton

This publication bargains an authoritative evaluation of kid care coverage and perform within the united kingdom. The e-book displays the complexity and contested nature of children’s wishes, rights, and pursuits and relationships among relatives and nation. It analyzes appropriate debates and study and highlights perform concerns and dilemmas. Readers also are directed to resources of extra details on themes they could desire to discover in additional intensity. on the finish of every bankruptcy, there's advice for additional examining, assets for perform and questions for dialogue.

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In what came to be known as the ‘refocusing debate’, it was suggested that the continued prioritisation of child protection work was stifling the Children Act’s emphasis on family support and partnership. , 1995). Nonetheless, this situation was regarded as skewing child care practice in damaging ways. Findings summarised in Child Protection: Messages from Research (Department of Health (DH), 1995) suggested that a relatively narrow concentration on investigating abuse allegations was failing to take fully into account children’s wider development and well-being.

The Green Paper’s ‘preventive’ approach was much wider than the traditional domains of child welfare, and linked child protection with the needs to ‘improve children’s lives as a whole’ and ‘maximise their potential’. New Labour’s emphasis on ‘joined up’ working between both professionals and organisations reflected a desire to tackle longstanding problems of poor co-ordination, manifest in duplication, service gaps, territorial and boundary disputes and a lack of common purpose. To do this required cutting across traditional boundaries and this was pursued in various ways, such as allowing ‘pooled budgets’ under the Health Act 1999 and, more radically, by creating multidisciplinary teams under a single organisational roof.

Holland rightly argues that approaches to assessment can be seen as mirroring positivist and interpretive perspectives within the social sciences. The former, with its belief that social behaviour is governed by ‘laws’, underpins a model of assessment that Holland describes as ‘scientific observation’. Emphasis is placed on a relatively ‘detached’ process of gathering objective information through processes of questioning, observation and the use of scales or other tools (including those related to risk assessment, see Chapter 5) in order to reach a ‘diagnosis’ of a family’s problems.

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