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Children and Families in Communities. Theory, Research, Policy and Practice. Wiley Child Protection & Policy Series

  • ID: 2223456
  • Book
  • April 2006
  • 252 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In the past decade, the relationship between communities, children and families has inspired a wealth of research and policy initiatives because of a growing belief that the breakdown of communities and a reduction in their potential to support families is a significant factor in social problems, including child abuse and juvenile crime. In addition, it has been recognised that the community environment plays an important part in children s wellbeing.

Some of the latest policy initiatives to tackle social problems in a number of countries have therefore targeted vulnerable communities as well as high–risk families. For instance, there are currently over 20 area–based initiatives in the UK. There has also been increasing emphasis on encouraging children to take an active role in shaping their communities. This book discusses some of these important initiatives, as well as providing a topical examination of the latest research and the implications for policy and practice.

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About the Authors.



1 Introduction.

2 Theories of Community Influence.

3 Assessing Neighbourhood and Community Characteristics.

4 The Influence of Neighbourhood and Community Characteristics on Families and Children.

5 Children and Young People in Communities.

6 Community Interventions and Policy.

7 Community Interventions Aimed at Early Child Development and Parenting Problems.

8 Children s Participation in Community Consultation and Planning.

9 Schools as Communities and Schools within Communities.

10 Community Based Approaches to Youth Safety and Juvenile Crime.

11 Conclusions.



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Jacqueline Barnes
Ilan Barry Katz
Jill E. Korbin
Margaret O′Brien
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