Safeguarding Children Across Services brings together the latest evidence on safeguarding children from abuse and neglect. Providing an overview of 15 research projects, it addresses the key policy and practice issues across health, social care and education services and the family justice system.
The authors set out the latest findings on identification of abuse and neglect, methods of prevention, general interventions, and specific interventions for families with additional or complex needs. They examine the evidence on effective inter-agency practice and how it can be improved. Each chapter ends with principal messages for policy and practice.
Providing a critical account of policy, systems and practice, this book is essential reading for anyone who needs the latest guidance in relation to safeguarding children, including policymakers, social workers, professionals in health care and the family justice system and other practitioners working with children.
Carolyn Davies is Research Advisor at Thomas Coram Research Unit at Institute of Education, University of London, UK. Harriet Ward is Director of the Centre for Child and Family Research and Research Professor at Loughborough University, UK. Together they are the editors for the Safeguarding Children Across Services series, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Foreword. Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Identification and initial response. 3. Universal and targeted services to prevent the occurrence of maltreatment. 4. Social work interventions to keep children safe. 5. Specific interventions for children and families with additional or complex needs. 6. Providing a context for effective inter-agency practice. 7. Overview: Principal messages and their implications. Appendix 1. Implementation and advisory group. Appendix 2. Details of evaluations of specific interventions discussed in Chapter Five. Appendix 3. Project summaries. References. Index.