Enhancing the Well-Being of Children and Families through Effective Interventions: International Evidence for Practice

Enhancing the Well-Being of Children and Families through Effective Interventions: International Evidence for Practice

Enhancing the Well-Being of Children and Families through Effective Interventions: International Evidence for Practice

Enhancing the Well-Being of Children and Families through Effective Interventions: International Evidence for Practice

Synopsis

This easily accessible reader provides a unique overview of the research evidence from the UK and USA on the effectiveness of selected child welfare interventions. The need to collate information on what we know about which services work well for children and families is increasingly being recognised both within the UK and USA. The Integrated Children's System recognises that thorough assessment of needs must be accompanied by knowledge about the effectiveness of services to meet such needs. The editors initially address the challenges of measuring effectiveness in child welfare and explain the policy context for child welfare service delivery in both countries. The contributors - internationally recognized experts in their fields - concisely summarize the evidence on effectiveness on each core area in the UK and USA respectively, and consider the impact on children's development, parenting capacity and the wider community. The editors finally draw out the overall implications of the evidence for policy, practice and service delivery as well as for future research. This reader is an essential sourcebook for policy makers, practitioners and commissioners of services in child welfare both in the UK and USA as well as students and researchers needing a comprehensive overview of the evidence.

Excerpt

In the United Kingdom, current government policy is explicitly aimed at increasing opportunities for all children and improving the outcomes for our most vulnerable children. There is an ambitious programme of change underway that focuses on building services around the needs of children and young people and transforming the delivery of those services. This involves not just children themselves but also their families and the local communities where they live, and requires the development of strong partnerships locally and across government. in this sense, the well-being of children is everyone's business.

To bring about the improvement we all desire in the lives of vulnerable children, a fundamental question asked by politicians, policy makers and professionals alike is what do we know about what makes a difference? Which services help and in what circumstances? At which populations should services be directed – at the individual child, their families or the community as a whole? Which services have been proven to bring about signs of significant improvement? Which are valued by families? Are there some that make little or no difference or indeed do more harm than good ? Are services effective for all children and families? Are they sensitive to those children with additional needs because of disability or ethnicity or other factors in their lives? Answers to these questions are critically important so that we can be confident about where and when to direct our resources and so that we can see tangible improvements in children's outcomes.

I therefore welcome the increasing attention being given to reviewing the effectiveness of work with children and families. the development of this volume was initially inspired by an international seminar on intervention, sponsored by the Government and held at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, in 2001, that led to the international collaboration between uk and us researchers. This is the first time that such a comprehensive review of the contemporary evidence about service effectiveness has been undertaken, drawing on research from both sides of the Atlantic so that we can begin to learn from each other's experience. All of the contributors are internationally recognised experts in the field of child welfare. Undoubtedly, this book will . . .

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