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Journal

Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies

Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This peer-reviewed journal analyses psychological, sociological, health, cultural, economic, and educational aspects of children and adolescents in developed and developing countries. It provides a interdisciplinary focus on vulnerable youth and youth at risk, specifically in relation to health and welfare issues, such as mental health, illness (including HIV/AIDS), disability, abuse, neglect, institutionalization, poverty, orphanhood, exploitation, war, famine, and disaster.  This journal is indexed and abstracted selectively on Social Care Online.

Journal article

Policy review highlights challenges

Author:
SMITH Ruth
Journal article citation:
Children Now, 10.05.06, 2006, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
Haymarket

The Welsh Assembly Government has been praised for taking the unorthodox step of ordering a review into children's safeguarding completely unprompted. The author outlines the challenges and flaws that need to be corrected in the system.

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Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill: as introduced

Author:
SCOTLAND. The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body
Publisher:
Scottish Parliament
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
72p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The current version of the proposed Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill. This Bill will repeal and replace the Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978, save for Part IV, and will amend the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.

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Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill: explanatory notes (and other accompanying notes)

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body
Publisher:
Scottish Parliament
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
56p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

These explanatory notes accompany the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill.

Book

Who cares?: children at risk and social services

Authors:
GLEDHILL Andreas, et al
Publisher:
Centre for Policy Studies
Publication year:
1989
Pagination:
44p., tables.
Place of publication:
London
Book

Achieving educational excellence for children at risk : selected papers from the NASW 3rd National School Social Work Conference...1985

Editor:
HAWKINS Mable T.
Publisher:
National Association of Social Workers
Publication year:
1986
Pagination:
162p.
Place of publication:
Annapolis Junction, MD
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Ending domestic violence: SafeLives Insights national briefing

Author:
SAFELIVES
Publisher:
SafeLives
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
4
Place of publication:
London

This briefing draws on Insights data collected between April 2014 and March 2017, to explore the experiences of children exposed to domestic abuse, and the involvement of children’s social services in these cases. Insights is a ‘whole family’ outcomes measurement programme specifically designed for specialist domestic abuse services supporting adults and children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse. The data reveals that two in five children (41%) in families where there is domestic abuse have been living with that abuse since they were born. For some children, this exposure to abuse does not only start early, but persists into later childhood. Of all the children in our dataset who had been living with abuse for their whole lives, over a third (37%) were more than five years old. The paper estimates that at the time they start school, at least one child in every class will have been living with domestic abuse since they were born. The paper makes a number of recommendations, including: ensuring that there is an effective referral pathway for children who are affected by domestic abuse, and that professionals who have concerns can access advise from a specialist; ensuring specialist training is available to practitioners working with children and young people in a variety of settings; and developing and testing interventions which focus on the perpetrator of abusive behaviour, including those who are parents. (Edited publisher abstract)

Book

Beyond the risk paradigm in child protection: current debates and new directions

Editor:
CONNOLLY Marie
Publisher:
Palgrave
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
232
Place of publication:
Basingstoke

For decades, child protection systems have striven to provide responsive services to vulnerable children and families in the face of the constant change and instability caused by the bureaucratisation of child protection. This book lends a strident voice to the argument for a shift beyond the current risk paradigm, towards genuine cultural change. Topics covered include: risk as a major driver of professional practice; the risk paradigm and the media in child protection; predictive risk modelling as a signal of adversity; new knowledge in child protection – neuroscience and its impacts; disproportionality and risk decision-making in child protection; service users as receivers of risk-dominated practice; engaging families and managing risk in practice; assessment and decision making to improve outcomes in child protection; signs of safety as promising comprehensive approach for reorienting CPS organisations' work with children, families and their community supports; working differently with domestic violence; family risk and responsive regulation; responding differently to neglect – an ecological approach to prevention, assessment and treatment; positive leadership in child protection; and informal and formal support for vulnerable children and families. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Constructing a definition of vulnerability: attempts to define and measure. Technical paper 1 in Children’s Commissioner project on vulnerable children

Authors:
CORAM, CORAM INTERNATIONAL
Publisher:
Children's Commissioner for England
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
11
Place of publication:
London

In an attempt to define the term 'vulnerable children', this technical paper looks how vulnerability has been approached in policy and legislation in the past and suggests some key features to include in a contemporary context. The paper forms part of a wider programme of work commissioned by the Children’s Commissioner’s to identify the numbers, experiences and outcomes of vulnerable children in England. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Improving practice: the importance of connections in establishing positive identity and meaning in the lives of vulnerable young people

Authors:
NOBLE-CARR Debbie, et al
Journal article citation:
Children and Youth Services Review, 47(3), 2014, pp.389-396.
Publisher:
Elsevier

This article presents the findings of a participatory qualitative study investigating the role and potency of identity and meaning in the lives of vulnerable young people. In-depth interviews with 24 young people revealed the importance of connectedness in fostering positive identity and meaning in vulnerable young people's lives. Five critical domains for building positive identity and meaning emerged: caring relationships; participation and contribution within their communities; achieving a sense of belonging; competence; and hope. Young people's experiences uncovered that connectedness lies at the heart of all of these domains, and is therefore the pathway for vulnerable young people to attain positive identity and meaning. The findings reinforce what is known about the importance of connectedness for vulnerable young people and provided insights into how young people want to be supported with these issues. This article critically examines some of the difficulties for support workers in facilitating connectedness for young people and considers why these connections are not always developed. Practical suggestions are provided for how youth support workers may be able to overcome these challenges. (Edited publisher abstract)

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