Rethinking Children, Violence and Safeguarding: Attitudes in Contemporary Society (New Childhoods)

Rethinking Children, Violence and Safeguarding: Attitudes in Contemporary Society (New Childhoods)

By: Lorraine Radford (author)Hardback

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This book considers the way we approach violence and safeguarding in childhood, exploring the victimization of children as well as children who use violence towards others. "Rethinking Children, Violence and Safeguarding" explores the victimization of children as well as children who use violence towards others and presents an overview of key developments in research, policy and practice on children and violence in the context of the recent major shift in thinking from 'child protection' towards 'safeguarding' and evidencing better outcomes. The gaps between rhetoric and practice are considered and Lorraine Radford argues that the way we 'think' about children and violence has had a profound impact on actions against the abuse of children and children who commit violence. Examples of research, reflections on research and key points and guidance on further reading make this a really accessible text. "Rethinking Children, Violence and Safeguarding" is essential reading for those studying childhood and undergraduate and graduate level, and will be of great interest to those working with children in any field. Is childhood changing? What effects are new ideas about childhood having on children's lives? How are children's voices and opinions affecting the services they use? Contemporary debates on the nature of childhood, attitudes towards children, the experiences of children and the emergence of a child rights agenda are resulting in a re-examination of theory, practice and research in many fields. "New Childhoods" offers a re-appraisal of the meaning of childhood - a series of texts that are succinct, accessible and engaging in introducing undergraduates to key areas of Childhood Studies, Education Studies and Sociology, and in disseminating new thinking, research, scholarship and practices. Books in this series will also be of interest to those who are preparing to work with children, such as teachers, early years practitioners, youth workers, health workers and psychologists. Key features include: boxed summaries of research which engage the reader in analysis; case studies to explore each issue in context; tasks to develop critical thinking; and pointers on further reading. Each volume promotes a child rights perspective, and provokes a re-examination of child-adult relationships in the contexts of family, community and state. Insights and experiences across fields such as sociology, philosophy and psychology are combined to encourage an inter-disciplinary approach.

About Author

Lorraine Radford is Head of Research at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Lorraine has many years experience working as an academic researcher, including 15 years experience of university-based research and teaching, her last post being Reader in Criminology at Roehampton University, UK, where she convened the Criminology under graduate programme and co-convened courses on children's rights.


Part I: Debates, Dilemmas and Challenges: Background to Children, Violence and Safeguarding; 1. Introduction; 2. Living In A Violent World?; Part II: An Interdisciplinary Overview of Recent Research and Scholarship; 3. From Child Protection to Safeguarding; 4. Why Violence Happens?; Part III: Implications for Children's Lives; 5. Protection; 6. Overcoming Violence; 7. Prevention; 8. The Child's Voice and the Child's Experience; 9. Conclusion and Further Reading; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781441168900
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9781441168900
  • ISBN10: 1441168907

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