Numerous books have been written about Victorian child care pioneers, but few biographical studies have been published about more recent child care and welfare giants. In this book, Bob Holman, a champion for children in his own right, looks at the lives of six inspirational individuals who have made significant contributions to the well-being of disadvantaged children over the course of the 20th century. Each of the six discussed - Eleanor Rathbone, Lady Marjory Allen, Clare Winnicott, John Stroud, Barbara Kahan and Peter Townsend - has been important in establishing present systems of child care and welfare, and in stimulating debate around issues which remain high on policy and practitioner agendas today. Based on documentary research and extensive interviews, "Champions for children" relates personal histories to wider policy and practice developments. It makes important connections between poverty, inequality and child care policy - links that are often overlooked. The author also gives an engaging account of his own life, which has been dedicated to improving the lives of children through research, education and direct work with children.
In the final chapter, he makes recommendations for the future development of services for children and families and policy recommendations for tackling poverty. "Champions for children" is aimed at social workers, policy makers, academics and students with an interest in child care and welfare issues.
After a period as a local authority child care officer, Bob Holman entered academic life. He left his post as Professor of Social Administration at the University of Bath 10 years later to establish a child care community project on a council estate. For the last 15 years he has lived and worked on the Easterhouse Estate in Glasgow. He is also Visiting Professor in Social Policy at Glasgow University. Bob Holman won the Community Care Readers' Award 2000 in acknowledgement of his significant contribution to the field of social care.
Eleanor Rathbone (1872-1946); Marjory Allen (1897-1976); Barbara Kahan (1920-2000); John Stroud (1923-89); Clare Winnicott (1906-84); Peter Townsend (1928- ); Bob Holman (1936- ): A child care participant - living through the changes; Past, present and future.