Annotation This text makes a distinctive contribution to reflections on what child-centred practice means in the complex area of child welfare. With a theoretical framework informed by insights from a number of disciplinary perspectives, the author pays particular attention to psychosocial, emotional, sensory and spatial influences. The book applies its ideas to case studies, in order to reflect on the contemporary landscape of children's services within the UK. The book sets out the way policy and law establish a complex terrain for contemporary child welfare practice. At a time when the government demands clear answers to perceived child protection failings, Pinkney carefully reflects upon the complexity involved in protecting children.
New directions in children's welfare: professionals, policy and practice -- An interdisciplinary framework for understanding child welfare -- Competing understandings of children's services -- The emotional and sensory dimensions of child welfare -- Serious case reviews and inquiry reports: investigating the emotional, sensory and relational dimensions of child protection -- Understanding child welfare as a dynamic hyper-mobile practice -- Trust in relations between children and social welfare professionals -- Conclusion
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