Published in 1998, the book provides a useful contribution to current debates on social exclusion, the regeneration of communities and the refocusing of crisis driven child protection services to family support and the prevention of harm. It stresses the need for interagency strategies of: - neighbourhood and family support - action with young people for a safer environment - principles of partnership with communities - positive action to build on the strengths of families and communities, drawing on their own resources and expertise The detailed account of work to develop such strategies in one neighbourhood will be of value to policy makers, managers and practitioners. The book gives an overview of conditions associated with harm and abuse of children and approaches which can be successful in preventing harm. It documents experience and views of parents - mainly mothers - attempting to bring up their children in health and safety in a severely disadvantaged area. It argues for practical recognition of the links between disadvantage and individual harm, and the need for community development approaches to improve the life chances of children and families.
Table of Contents
1. The Context of Childcare and Protection 2. Background to the Henley Safe Children Project 3. Parents’ Perspectives 4. Views of Paid Workers in the Neighbourhood 5. Community Development Work and Prevention: Process and Issues 6. Outcomes, Future Priorities, Conclusions.
’...this study shows that the residents of communities can act together and in conjunction with official agencies in order to modify the effects of poverty. Above all it does convey the priceless commodity of hope, that change can come about and that, amongst the poorest and most over-burdened of parents, there are those willing to struggle for the kind of more equal society which will promote the best kind of family life.’ Bob Holman, Voluntary Neighbourhood Worker and Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow, UK