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"This is a forensic dissection of New Labour's approach to transforming
children's services. Garrett brings together politics, policy and plans in a
resolutely critical engagement with the futures currently being made both for
social workers and for the families and children who may need those services."
John Clarke, Professor of Social Policy, The Open University
"Paul Michael Garrett writes with verve, commitment and clarity. His new book
on transforming Children's Services will make a significant and lasting
impression on the social work literature."
Stephen Webb, Director of Institute of the Advanced Study for Humanity (IASH)
University of Newcastle, Australia
"This is an excellent book and one of the best I have read for some time. It
is a must have for all social work and social policy students and
practitioners. Policy makers and managers should also read and digest this,
even though they will probably find large parts an uncomfortable read."
Steve Rogowski, Professional Social Work (Dec, 2009)
"Paul Michael Garrett’s designedly critical analysis is timely, offering a
fast-paced, hard-hitting, thought-provoking critique ... this book is sure to
satisfy those looking for less of 'surface' and more 'depth' explorations ... I
am sure that 'Transforming' Children's Services? will become essential reading
for social work and social policy students throughout the UK and, indeed,
internationally given that Canada, America, Australia and New Zealand share in
cognate systems of child welfare and protection."
Karen Broadhurst, Critical Social Policy (forthcoming, 2010)
This book provides an accessible overview of the 'transformation' of
Children's Services in England. In doing this, it draws on social theory,
critical social policy and takes account of developments in other countries.
Paul Michael Garrett argues that the many changes which have taken place
within, and beyond, Children's Services are related to the politics of
Neoliberalism which, it is maintained, lie at the core of the Change for
Readers will find detailed discussion on: The Laming Report which examined
the death of Victoria Climbié The case of 'Baby P' Social work's 'electronic
turn' and the use of ICTs in Children's Services Controversial plans to
introduce Contactpoint (a database on all children) More pervasive patterns of
surveillance How 'ASBO politics' has influenced the 'transformation' agenda
So-called 'Problem Families' and the measures put in place to respond to such
families Controversial plans to set up 'Social Work Practices' for children in
public care Transforming Children's Services will be a vital text for social
work and social policy students. Furthermore, the book directly addresses a
range of issues of direct concern to practitioners.
The book will also find an audience amongst academics, policy makers and all
those who are interested in critical reflection and in applying theoretical
insights to practice issues. After each chapter a 'Reflection and Talk' box is
included to prompt further discussion on the key themes examined.
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