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Rethinking residential child carePositive perspectives$
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Mark Smith

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349088

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349088.001.0001

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The context of care

The context of care

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(p.1) one The context of care
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Rethinking residential child care
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Mark Smith

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349088.003.0001

Residential child care in Britain exists within particular historical, cultural, political, and professional contexts. An understanding of these wider macro-systemic influences is vital to any understanding of the ways in which care is currently conceived and practised. This chapter examines some of these trends and influences, and provides examples of how they impact on everyday practice. It concludes that the ecology within which residential child care currently exists is not always conducive to effective or ethical practice. Many commentators argue that modernity has run its course. Increasingly, the social-work literature reflects what has been termed a post-modern turn. Journal articles and texts confront readers with a language that reflects such an orientation and it is appropriate to consider residential child care within some of these wider ideas from social theory. To make sense of concepts of post-modernity requires some prior understanding of features of modernity. The chapter also discusses neoliberalism, consumerism, managerialism, children's rights, and child protection.

Keywords:   Britain, residential child care, children's rights, post-modernity, neoliberalism, consumerism, managerialism, child protection, social work, modernity

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