Residential Child Care and Its Alternatives

International Perspectives

Paperback / softback, 180 pages, 244 mm x 170 mm
1 Jan 2008
Trentham Books Ltd

Price: £19.99

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Child and youth care needs to be professionalised. It has to be holistic but, as this book shows, that is far from true today. "The Federation Internationale des Communautes Educatives" has consequently produced this book to ensure that children facing such major difficulties that they require care outside their families are cared for in the best possible way.Part One discusses policies, theory and societal developments such as transforming government services for children; the UK's contribution to child care research and policy development; and a holistic approach to child welfare.Part Two describes professional developments, special projects and concrete initiatives in child care, such as: the preservation and rehabilitation of family relationships among children in residential care; crisis centres; the participation of children as a matter of quality; the professionalisation of child and youth care; and, new developments in foster care.This book is essential reading for everyone who works directly with children and young people who require care outside their families. It will also be of value to their managers, and to lecturers and researchers, inspectors, government and NGO officials and others concerned about the care of children.

  • Friedhelm Peters

CONTENTS: Foreword: FICE; Acknowledgements; List of contributors; 1. Introduction: Residential child care and its alternatives: Professional approaches in a discursive field; 2. Residential child care in European countries: Recent trends; 3. Residential communities as a secure base; 4. The contribution of the UK to child care policy, practice and research; 5. Structural dynamics in society and innovations in the German residential care system; 6. Transforming government services for children and families or 'Why non-reductionist policy, research and practice are almost too difficult to be tackled but too important to be left alone'; 7. The professionalism of child and youth care practice: Professionalising social pedagogy: From practice to theory and back to practice; 8. The rehabilitation process for children and the role of the family; 9. Preserving and rehabilitating family relationships in residential group care; 10. Participation of children and youth in residential child care as a matter of quality: Insights into results of a practice development project; 11. The care system for homeless youth in the Netherlands: Perceptions of youngsters through a peer-research approach; Notes.

"The book is a valuable contribution to the study of the ever changing and developing world of residential care for children and young people... I think this book will certainly be of value and interest to anyone working in the field of residential childcare or in related fields."

, Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, Volume 9, Issue 1