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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2002): Child Welfare - UK

GETTING IT RIGHT

A. Painter

Community Care, May 16th-22nd 2002, p. 40-41

Summarises the conclusions of a forthcoming Association of Directors' of Social Services (ADSS) paper on child welfare services. Argues that the government needs to:

  • re-evaluate the financial and human resources required for child welfare services;
  • address issues of recruitment, training and morale;
  • introduce a three year graduate training period for social workers;
  • reduce social workers' case loads;
  • appoint a Children's Commissioner;
  • look at the impact of asylum seekers on children's services.

JOINED-UP GOVERNMENT IN PRACTICE: A CASE STUDY OF CHILDREN'S NEEDS IN SHEFFIELD

P. Signoretta and M. Craglia

Local Government Studies, vol. 28, 2002, p. 59-76

Article presents a case study of inter-agency data sharing in Sheffield in relation to the preparation of the Children's Services Plan 2002-03.

MEASURING POVERTY IN THE UK

P. Bivand

Working Brief, no. 134, 2002, p. 14-16

Describes the four options put forward by the government for the measurement of child poverty in the UK. The first option is use of a range of indicators such as low income, worklessness in households, educational attainment, and health inequalities. The second option is the combination of these indicators within a single index. The third option proposed is a measure combining low income and material deprivation. The fourth possible measure combines options one and three.

MPs GET FREE VOTE ON GAY ADOPTIONS

G. Jones

Daily Telegraph, May 8th 2002, p. 2

Reports that MPs are to be allowed a free vote on amendments to the Adoption and Children Bill that would give unmarried and homosexual couples the legal right to adopt children.

(See also Independent, May 8th 2002, p. 8; Times, May 8th 2002, p. 7; Community Care, May 16th-22nd 2002, p. 18-19)

SLOW PROGRESS ON CHILD POVERTY BEGS QUESTIONS OF POLICY AND TARGETS

A. U. Sale

Community Care, Apr. 25th - May 1st 2002, p. 20

Although the number of children living in poverty has fallen by 500,000 since 1997, anti-poverty campaigners warn that more must be done to meet the government's targets.

TIME TO COMMIT

R. Winchester

Community Care, May 9th -15th 2002, p. 26-27

Article looks at factors which limit the effectiveness of area child protection committees. Argues that they lack accountability, political and local clout, and commitment from participating agencies and individuals.

WAITING IN THE WINGS

D. Behan

Community Care, May 9th - 15th 2002, p. 28

Argues that the role of Area Child Protection Committees should be enhanced to provide leadership, co-ordination and performance management of local arrangements for protecting children. This would be best achieved through their becoming statutory bodies and operating within the context of national standards.

YOUNG PEOPLE, SOCIAL CHANGE AND THE NEGOTIATION OF MORAL AUTHORITY

R. Thomson and J. Holland

Children & Society, vol. 16, 2002, p. 103-115

Focusing on the ways in which young people aged between 11 and 16 negotiate moral authority, this paper looks at the factors that contribute to its legitimacy in young peoples eyes. It examines their account of school discipline, bullying, parenting and media violence.

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