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Contemporary Child Care Policy and Practice by Barbara Fawcett, Brid Featherstone, Jim Goddard


Contemporary Child Care Policy and Practice by Barbara Fawcett, Brid Featherstone, Jim Goddard

This important text will provide a critical analysis of contemporary developments in child care policy under New Labour and the resulting policy and practice implications. The authors will draw on sociological debates, the growing children's rights literature and wider developments within social policy in order to provide a thorough and balanced guide to contemporary developments in this rapidly changing field. Ideologies behind recent initiatives in a wide range of practice areas are explored, and the implementation of key developments are appraised. This will be primary reading for all students specializing in work with children and their families.

About the Author

BARBARA FAWCETT is Reader in Applied Social Studies and Head of Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Bradford. She spent thirteen years working in the field as a practitioner, manager and researcher before taking up an academic appointment. Her areas of special interest include child care, community care, disability issues, mental health and postmodern feminism. She is the author of Feminist Perspectives on Disability. BRID FEATHERSTONE is Reader in Applied Childhood Studies at the University of Huddersfield. She is a qualified social worker and worked for many years with young offenders and latterly as a worker and manager in the field of child protection. She has published widely in the areas of gender and child abuse and is co-editor of Practice and Research in Social Work: Postmodern Feminist Perspectives. JIM GODDARD is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Bradford. He has worked for a number of years in residential care with children and in the child care pressure group field. His research and writing has increasingly focused on looked after children, but has also included work on youth justice and public policy.

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Publication date

27th May 2004


Barbara Fawcett, Brid Featherstone, Jim Goddard

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Palgrave Macmillan


200 pages




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