Governing the Family: Child Care, Child Protection and the by Nigel Parton

By Nigel Parton

...it will definitely and deservedly be learn greatly by means of a lay in addition to a certified audience.' Kate Wilson, occasions better schooling complement Drawing on unique examine this publication offers a hard and instructive research of the character of the heated and infrequently contradicting arguments of modern years approximately the best way to reform the kid care approach, and the emergence of a imperative hindrance with baby safeguard. It presents a distinct perception into the political affects at the 1989 young children Act and the problems it tried to deal with, the offers that have been struck within the strategy of it changing into legislations and the hot balances it brought among the function of the nation, the obligations of oldsters and the rights of youngsters.

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Para. 16) This last resort, protective function was fundamental. For it to work, however, parents had to be given the fullest opportunity for fulfilling their caring role whether their children were in or out of care. State agencies, social workers in particular, should support parents and encourage a reciprocal, participatory and benign relationship. While the Report gave pre-eminence to the family, in the way that children's departments and welfare state provisions more generally had in the postwar period (Rustin, 1979), it also recognised that children had interests of their own, for: The growing conviction that children have, or should have, enforceable rights as individuals, even within a general tradition of liberal paternalism, can be expected to have a major impact on the whole field of child care over years to come.

Jane Rowe, who was by then Research Project Director ofBAAF, offered to draft a research summary and overview to aid this process and crystallise the findings and their implications (this was subsequently published as DHSS, 1985). 39) on the background and perspectives of the researchers for 'all are believers in the value of social work, indeed many are former practitioners. They are sensitive to the difficulties of a young profession. When they are critical, it is in no way to "rubbish" social work but because they set high standards 40 Governing the F amity for it.

For all these deficiencies, however, the research showed that the overall outcome maybe quite positive - particularly with short-term care. Similarly, when parents felt their problems and wishes had been understood this was valued highly as was getting straight answers, being kept informed, and having a social worker who was honest, reliable and had an ability to 'get alongside people' (Rowe, 1989). However, parents whose children stayed in care for more than a brief period invariably felt pushed aside and devalued.

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