Safeguarding and Promoting the Well Being of Children, Families, and Their Communities

Safeguarding and Promoting the Well Being of Children, Families, and Their Communities

Safeguarding and Promoting the Well Being of Children, Families, and Their Communities

Safeguarding and Promoting the Well Being of Children, Families, and Their Communities

Synopsis

Improving the well-being of children is more effective when social care professionals work with the children's parents, families and communities. This collection brings together innovative interventions designed to nurture children's health and welfare, and analyses which types of programmes are most effective and why.

Excerpt

This book demonstrates the value of international collaboration in exploring ways to improve the developmental outcomes of vulnerable children. It highlights some of the challenges and shows how solutions can cross countries and cultures.

This book is published against the backdrop of the ambitious British Government change programme for children's services in England set out in Every Child Matters: Change for Children, designed to ensure that every child develops his or her full potential in achieving the five outcomes of being healthy, staying safe, learning and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being. These outcomes are closely linked to the Millennium Goals, to which all the signatories of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child aspire.

Yet the evidence in this book highlights the obstacles that even the wealthiest countries face in meeting these objectives. It shows how considerable effort has been spent on identifying need and monitoring outcomes, but less is known about which interventions are effective in safeguarding and promoting wellbeing. The book contains examinations of the impact of national policy initiatives, such as poverty reduction, set alongside examples of specific interventions which can make a difference to vulnerable children and their families, and it is therefore relevant to researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

As national and local governments focus increasingly on the introduction of routine service evaluations and outcome monitoring in child welfare agencies, this book also helps us to explore what we mean by outcomes and provides practical methodologies for their measurement in the context of organizational culture. It is through a continued collaboration across countries to develop knowledge and skills that we will be able to promote the well-being of children, families and their communities.

Maria Eagle MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.