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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2005): Child Welfare - UK

A CHILDREN'S CHAMPION WITH ALL TO PLAY FOR

T. Philpott

Health Service Journal, vol.115, Mar.31st 2005, p.12-13

Discusses the possible impact of the newly appointed Children's Commissioner for England on health services.

DEAR AL …

C. Hanvey

Community Care, Mar.10th-16th 2005, p.30-31

Article expresses disappointment about the limited powers of the Children's Commissioner for England compared to his peers in the devolved administrations, and concern over inadequate funding.

DRAFT CHILDREN (CONTACT) AND ADOPTION BILL

Department for Education and Skills

London: TSO, 2005 (Cm 6462)

Bill will offer courts new powers to:

  • direct parties in a contact case to attend information meetings, counselling and parenting programmes;
  • attach conditions to a contact order requiring attendance at a given class;
  • impose community-based "enforcement orders" for unpaid work or curfew and/or financial penalties when a contact order has been breached.

EARLY YEARS MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE: A HANDBOOK FOR EARLY YEARS MANAGERS

M. Daly, E. Byers and W. Taylor

Oxford: Heinemann, 2005

Written for early years managers and students on level 4 and degree courses, this book discusses the key issues for managers in the early years environment. It offers in-depth coverage of the following issues:

  • providing high quality management and leadership;
  • managing the early years curriculum and the needs of children in early years settings;
  • partnerships with parents and carers;
  • managing the employment of staff and developing a team;
  • political and social issues and the management of change.

AN EVALUATION OF THE DELTA COMMUNITY PARENTING PROJECT

N. Gillespie and E. McClean

Newry: DELTA Community Parenting Programme, 2005

The project aims to develop parenting skills, raise confidence and awareness among parents, share knowledge and skills, and give parents support by means of individual and group exercises using research-based information and advice. A survey of participating parents showed that:

  • 99% were satisfied with the information they were given;
  • 77% felt that participation in the programme made them feel more confident;
  • 88% felt that the programme had increased their knowledge of educational issues;
  • 65% felt that the programme had enhanced their child's learning through play;
  • 83% felt that the programme had increased their awareness of child health issues.

GUIDING PLIGHT

L. Ward

Society Guardian, Mar. 2nd 2005, p.2-3

As the government's green paper on youth draws on youth draws near, the future looks bleak for Connexions, the one-stop help and advice shop for young people. The article looks at the service's record and ponders what role will be left after the impending shake-up.

FROM CONSULTATION TO LEGISLATION

C. Goddard

Young People Now, Feb.23rd 2005, p. 19

Outlines issues on the long expected youth green paper including fears that the proximity to a general election will rush the consultation process, and highlights the agenda for the March Young People Now conference.

INFORMATION SHARING: A HIGH PRICE TO PAY FOR A DATABASE

T. Lloyd

Young People Now, Feb.23rd 2005, p. 8

Despite the Information Commissioner's "serious concerns", the government, under the information sharing provisions of the Children Act 2004, is determined to continue development of a database holding information on every under 18 year old. Article asks if the scheme will work, and if the money would be better spent elsewhere.

MANAGING RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE: A MANAGED SERVICE

R. Whipp, I. Kirkpatrick and M.Kitchener

Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

Children's homes have become notorious in the public imagination due to a succession of scandals and official enquiries. Despite this, very little attention has been devoted to their management and organisation. This book arises from the first study of residential childcare in the UK and explores how local authority social services departments manage residential units across England and Wales.

PRACTICE GUIDANCE ON ASSESSING THE SUPPORT NEEDS OF ADOPTIVE FAMILIES

A. Bentovim

Nottingham: DfES Publications, 2004

Guidance is based on the child-centred model set out in the Framework for Assessment of Children in Need and their Families:

  • Section 1 shows how the underlying principles of the Framework can be applied to undertaking assessments within the adoption support context;
  • Section 2 works through the domains and dimensions of the Framework, looking at what should be considered in each area during an assessment of adoption support needs;
  • Section 3 considers possible responses to needs identified.

UNFORGETTABLE

R. Foggitt

Community Care, Mar.10th-16th 2005, p.32-35

Argues in favour of continuing contact between birth families and children after adoption. This can be facilitated if the adoptive parents develop a relationship with the birth family while fostering the child before the adoption takes place.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

K. Leason

Community Care, Mar.10th-16th 2005, p.26-28

Report of an interview with David Ennals, Head of the National Children's Bureau, on the future development of the children's services workforce. He rejects the idea of generic children's workers replacing existing professionals, but calls for more effective joint working. He argues that this could be facilitated by all children's workers having some basic training in common and an understanding of how roles can interact.

VALUES AND PRACTICE IN CHILDREN'S SERVICES

R. Smith

Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005

This book seeks to establish an effective framework for understanding developments in children's services and to demonstrate the application of this framework in a variety of practice settings. The book reviews established ideologies of social welfare, then examines developments and debates in practice, law and policy. The challenge of making sense of competing values is addressed by looking at key dilemmas encountered by practitioners, such as the continuing tension between child protection and family support. The book also discusses the requirements of anti-discriminatory practice.

YOUTH POLICY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION: CRITICAL DEBATES WITH YOUNG PEOPLE

M. Barry

London: Routledge 2005

Are socially excluded young people becoming an 'underclass', expecting everything but doing nothing to help themselves? Or are adults the problem - ignoring and exacerbating the real issues facing young people today? This book critically examines these discriminatory attitudes and looks at the 'problem' of adults rather than the 'problem' of young people. Rather than focusing on the problems that young people present to others in society, this book emphasises the problems that young people face from others.

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