Imagine a social model of supporting families and protecting children that would allow us to address some of the key policy and practice questions of our time, including:
•How can families be best supported to flourish and care safely?
•How can children’s rights be best promoted and nurtured?
•How can we combat the social determinants of much of the harm children and families experience?
•What alternatives are there to dominant and costly risk-focused adversarial approaches to child protection?
Building on the ideas in the bestselling Re-imagining Child Protection, this book explores the policy and practice possibilities offered by a social model of child protection. Drawing on developments in mental health and disability studies, it examines the conceptual, political and practice implications of this new framework.
This essential book deepens and extends the challenge to contemporary policy directions and offers an alternative to current policy and practice.
Brid Featherstone is Professor of Social Work at the University of Huddersfield.
Kate Morris is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Sheffield.
Sue White is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Sheffield.
Anna Gupta is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Trouble Ahead? Contending Discourses in Child Protection;
Building Better People: Policy Aspirations and Family Life;
Family experiences of care and protection services: the good, the bad and the hopeful;
A Social Model for Protecting Children: Changing our thinking?;
A Social Model: Experiences in practice;
Crafting different stories: changing minds and hearts;