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Rethinking residential child care: Positive perspectives

Mark Smith


Residential child care is a crucial, though relatively neglected, area of social work. And yet, revelations of abuse and questions of effectiveness have led to increasingly regulatory and procedural approaches to practice and heightened political and professional scrutiny. This book provides a broad and critical look at the ideas and policy developments that have shaped the direction of the sector. It sets present-day policy and practice within historical, policy, and organisational context. The book applies a critical gaze to attempts to improve practice through regulation and, fundamentally, ... More

Keywords: residential child care, social work, abuse, effectiveness, policy developments, regulation, upbringing, social pedagogy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781861349088
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Smith, author