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Improving the well-being of children is more effective when social care professionals work with the children's parents, families and communities. This collection brings together innovative interventions designed to nurture children's health and welfare, and analyses which types of programmes are most effective and why. The contributors explore the impact of poverty on children's development and assess national initiatives set up to assess and reduce need. They present examples from the UK, US, Canada and Australia of specific interventions to counter or prevent difficulties in the domains of child development, parenting capacity and wider environmental factors. Many contributions demonstrate the importance of engaging with service users and helping communities to shape and direct their own programmes for change. The final section of the book presents useful approaches to assessing and evaluating services. Demonstrating the need for close inter-agency collaboration and 'joined up' services, this book is essential reading for policy makers, managers and practitioners in child welfare agencies, and social work academics and students.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781843101413
ISBN-10: 1843101416
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jane Scott

Jane Scott is a member of the Centre for Child and Family Research, UK and an academic engaged with the development of the Integrated Children's System - a programme designed to help child welfare agencies assess need, plan interventions and monitor outcomes for vulnerable children. Harriet Ward is Director of the Centre for Child and Family Research and Professor of Child and Family Research at Loughborough University, UK. She has undertaken extensive research in the field of assessing need and evaluating outcomes in children's services. She is co-editor of Approaches to Needs Assessment in Children's Services, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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