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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2001): Child Welfare - Overseas

CZECH SOCIAL WORK: POSSIBILITIES FOR UPHOLDING THE RIGHTS OF ROMANY CHILDREN

A. Prihoclova

Social Work in Europe, vol.8, no.2, 2001, p 20-28

Article aims to identify the options available to social work in addressing the violations of the rights of Romany children who are the minority in the Czech Republic. It looks at issues of unemployment and poverty; housing; education; how the state authorities (e.g. social workers and Romany advisers) view the Romany community; the position of the Roma minority in the Czech republic; and the legal framework for social work responses.

FAMILIES FIRST: COMPARING CHILD CARE DEVELOPMENT IN THE NETHERLANDS AND GERMANY

J. Hermann

Social Work in Europe, vol.8, no.2, 2001, p 10-19

Article introduces the Families First Programme, its origins, its philosophy and key component. It examines the similarities and differences of child care systems in the Netherlands and Germany and compares the implementation of Families First in both countries covering the general framework, financing, translation and effects.

POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF THE INADEQUATE SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR ORPHANS IN WESTERN KENYA

E. Otieno Nyambedha, S. Wandibba and J. Aagaard-Hansen

Health Policy, vol.58, 2001, p 83-96

Paper describes the support systems available for orphans in a rural Luo community in Western Kenya. The traditional kinship-based support systems made a major contribution to catering for the orphans, but the various community based groups in the area did not contribute significantly. Numbers of orphans are increasing, socio-economic conditions are worsening, and traditional support systems are declining. A growing group of children are without access to medical care or schooling. Recommends that the issue of education for the orphans be urgently addressed, with due consideration of their food security and medical care, and that kinship networks and community groups are mobilised to assist in achieving these goals.

YOUNG PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT SOCIAL INCLUSION: A THREE NATION STUDY. PART 3

J. Pitts

Social Work in Europe, vol.8, no.2, 2001, p 29-40

Article looks at the experiences of socially excluded young people who have sought professional help from a variety of authorities. Based on a study of young people in Den Helder in Holland, Kreuzberg in Berlin and Watford in Hertfordshire, it looks at issues raised such as: whether an intervention was effective; role modelling or tutelage; negative discrimination; and advocacy. In the light of the fact that expectations for the future were low, it investigates the young people's levels of ambition, routes out of exclusion and barriers to inclusion. It concludes by identifying some of the implications for policy and practice in the UK.

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