D.W. Riggs and others
Journal of Children and Media, vol. 3, 2009, p. 234-247
Current understandings of foster care in Australia are shaped by awareness of its troubled history and by the way in which foster care is represented in the media. This paper provides an analysis of a sample of representations of foster care in the in the Australian news media, with a specific focus on the depiction of:
T. Thomas and D. Thompson
ChildRight, issue 258, 2009, p. 28-30
Summarises new European Commission proposals for a Council Framework Decision on combating sexual abuse and exploitation of children and child pornography. Framework Decisions are broad statements of European Union aims and principles within a given policy area that the 27 Member States are recommended to follow.
T. Walsh and H. Douglas
Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, vol.31, 2009, p. 133-146
Removal of children from the care of their parents is one of the most fundamental forms of intrusion by the state into the lives of families. As a result of the policies and practices of child protection departments, children may be removed from their parents simply because the parents are unable to afford accommodation and other necessities of life. This research, based on the situation in Queensland, suggests that in many cases where parents are provided with material support the need for more coercive state intervention is reduced. Instead, many poor parents are labelled as 'bad' parents and subjected to unhelpful or even punitive treatment as a result.
M. Courtney and D. Iwaniec (editors)
Oxford: OUP, 2009
For centuries, societies have relied upon residential care settings to provide homes for children, and for much of that period a debate has raged over whether such settings are appropriate places for children to be raised. In recent years this debate has taken on an international dimension as human rights policies have called into question the legitimacy of residential care of children. This book fills major gaps in knowledge about residential care and is intended to inform debates within and between nations about the appropriate use of such institutions. Eleven country-specific chapters, written by child welfare experts from around the world, provide an understanding of the historical development of residential care, the current state of affairs, and predictions for the future. Chapters describe how residential care is defined in each country, how it has evolved over time, factors that have contributed to the observed pattern of development of residential care, and potential concerns for the future. An integrative chapter presents a critical cross-national perspective, identifying common themes and analyzing underlying factors.
S. Giese, A. Greenberg and L. Sherr (guest editors)
Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, vol. 4, 2009, Supplement 1
The papers featured in this supplementary issue were commissioned by Unicef to determine the state of evidence with regard to four areas of interplay between social welfare services and cash transfers to poor families. The papers consider: