Written by distinguished and internationally recognised authors, chapters explore recurring themes in children s services within the context of 21st–century reforms. Theoretical and practical perspectives are combined to consider developments in education, youth justice, mental health, residential and foster care, adoption, child protection, family support and family law. An historical view of the role of social research in policy–making, a discussion of international perspectives, a sideways look at the relationship between social research and the arts, and a survey of the challenges faced by one independent research centre are also included. Messages are highlighted and future directions examined for research, policy and practice aimed at improving outcomes for children in need and their families.
Particularly relevant to the new agenda for children s services, this is an important book for researchers, policy makers and practitioners involved in the reform and development of children s services. It will also be of interest to students and lecturers on courses in social work, education, health, family law and youth justice.
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Part I: SETTING THE SCENE.
1. Introduction (Nick Axford, Vashti Berry, Michael Little and Louise Morpeth).
2. Then and Now (Roy Parker).
Part II: CHILDREN S SERVICES FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES.
3. Forty Years of Educational Change (Ewan Anderson).
4. Children in Residence (Roger Clough).
5. Reforming Juvenile Justice (Henri Giller).
6. Young Offenders, Mental Health and Secure Care (Sue Bailey).
7. Stability through Adoption for Children in Care (June Thoburn).
8. Going Home or Staying Away (Ian Sinclair).
9. Child Protection (David Berridge).
10. The Evolution of Family Support (Michael Little and Ruth Sinclair).
11. Research into the Family Justice System (Mervyn Murch and Douglas Hooper).
Part III: LOOKING FORWARDS.
12. European Developments in Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (Peter van der Laan and Monika Smit).
13. Creative Arts and Social Research (Roger Bullock).
14. Where Next for Social Research at Dartington? (Nick Axford and Louise Morpeth).
15. Messages for Research, Policy and Practice in Children s Services (Nick Axford, Vashti Berry, Michael Little, Jill Madge and Louise Morpeth).
Appendix A: Roger Bullock A Brief Biography.
Appendix B: Roger Bullock s Main Publications.
"...the book is a delight...a useful library resource for the next generation of researchers, teachers and the makers of policy..." (Adoption & Fostering, Vol 29 (3) 2005)
"...This volume is a good demonstration of how knowledge is built and applied over a long time span. While its immediate focus is a tribute to a particular researcher, it casts light on the wider interactions between research, policy and practice..."(Research in Practice, Issue 55, August 2005)