Early Intervention: Supporting and strengthening families
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- 09 Apr 2015
- Dunedin Academic Press
- 135 pages - 138 x 216 x 8mm
- Protecting Children and Young People
Early investment in vulnerable families, both in terms of the timing of early support or at the onset of issues, is more effective and cheaper than specialist support which is offered only once problems become complex. One of the best ways to keep children safe is to develop innovative ways of enhancing the quality of help received by families, to redesign services around children and families’ needs, and to provide an early help through better inter-agency working. This book examines early intervention policy across the UK and promising practice initiatives which have been designed to support vulnerable families.
The Contributors. Glossary of Abbreviations. Introduction. 1. Early Intervention: A Perspective from Wales — Andrew Pithouse and Rhoda Emlyn Jones; 2. The Policy Context in Scotland — Wendy Rose; 3. Strengthening Families? From Labour to the Coalition 1997–2014) — Graeme Simpson; 4. Family Support and Child Welfare in Ireland: Capacities and Possibilities — Pat Dolan, Berni Smith, Mary Smith and John Davis; 5. Family Group Conferencing: A Promising Practice in the Context of Early Intervention in Northern Ireland — David Hayes, Michael Hoy and Paul Kellagher; 6. Empowering Vulnerable and Troubled Families — Area Family Support Teams in Walsall — Sharon Vincent; 7. Love Barrow Families: A Case Study of Transforming Public Services — Katrina Robson, Alison Tooby and Robbie Duschinsky; 8. Families as Enablers of Change: The Family by Family Programme in Australia — Dana Shen, Karen Lewis, Lauren Simpson, Danielle Madsen, Leanne Evans, Fiona Arney and Gill Westhorp. References. Index.
Dr Sharon Vincent is Reader in Social Work and Communities at Northumbria University. She worked previously at the University of Wolverhampton and at the Edinburgh/NSPCC Centre for UK-wide Learning in Child Protection (CLiCP).