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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Understanding Child and Family Welfare

Statutory Responses to Children at Risk

ISBN 9780230250192
Publication Date February 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

This book crosses international boundaries to explore contemporary child and family welfare practices. It traces the major changes and challenges in Western practice over the past decade, looks at evidence-informed practice, and focuses on the generic phases of the statutory process, including assessing risk and finding safe solutions.

MARIE CONNOLLY Chair and Head of Social Work at the School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia. She was previously the Chief Social Worker within the New Zealand government, and was Associate Professor and Director at the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has published extensively in her area of scholarship, including eight related books, most recently Child Death by Maltreatment (2007), Morals, Rights and Practice in the Human Services (2008) and Social Work: Contexts and Practice 2nd Edition (2009). She holds an honorary professorship at the University of Auckland and she has a statutory background in child protection. 
KATE MORRIS Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK. She was previously Head of Social Work at the University of Birmingham, UK. 

Responding to Children at Risk
Regulatory Frameworks in Child Welfare
Practice Frameworks, Models and Resources in Child Welfare
Family Engagement Strategies in Child Welfare
Statutory Systems of Care
Supporting Family-based Systems of Care
The Experiences and Voices of Children in Care
Strengthening Practice
Concluding Thoughts


The international perspectives the authors bring to the topic are a real strength. A very interesting and readable text which provides an in-depth analysis of child and family welfare.' – Sue Peckover, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Childhood Studies, University of Huddersfield, UK
'This book provides a really nice philosophical and practical comparison between different child welfare systems - of particular importance given the increased diversification of populations being served in the US.' - Robin R. Wingo, Associate Professor and MSW Field Director, Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA
'One of the strengths of the book is that it demonstrates that mastery of knowledge alone is not sufficient for effective practice in the child protection field. Each chapter highlights that it is how knowledge integrates with practice that is important.' – Yvonne Crichton-Hill, Senior Lecturer, School of Social and Political Sciences, Social Work Programme, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
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