Safeguarding babies and very young children is a highly complex process, involving difficult decisions surrounding their needs, care, and whether they need to be separated from their families.
This book, based on a research study which followed babies who were identified as likely to suffer significant harm before their first birthdays until they were three years old, explores key issues surrounding the safeguarding process. These include how the decision whether to remove children from their families are made, whether social work interventions work and the impact they have on children's life pathways. It also examines the role various participants, including parents, have in decision-making. The findings of the study show a close link between decisions, maltreatment and children's developmental problems, and provide key implications and recommendations for policy and practice.
This significant book will be essential reading for all those involved in safeguarding children, including practitioners and policymakers, academics and researchers.
Harriet Ward is Director of the Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR) and Research Professor at Loughborough University, UK. Rebecca Brown is Research Associate at the CCFR. David Westlake is Research Fellow, Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire, UK.
Acknowledgements. Note on Initial Assessments, Core Assessments and Section 47 Enquiries. 1. Introduction. 2. The Children. 3. The Parents and their Circumstances. 4. Referrals and Assessments. 5. Pathways to Permanence: Temporary Measures to Safeguard Children. 6. How Far Were the Children Safeguarded? 7. Professional Perspectives. 8. Parents' Perspectives. 9. Summary, Key Findings and their Implications for Policy and Practice. Appendix I. Aims, Methodology and Issues Concerning Recruitment and Retention of the Sample. Appendix II. Issues Concerning the Scores from the IT - HOME Inventory. References. Index.