Child welfare

Historical dimensions, contemporary debate

Harry Hendrick

Child welfare

Harry Hendrick

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

304 pages
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861344779 Published February 2003 For sale in North and South America only
Children and child welfare sit at the heart of New Labour's plans for social inclusion - but how does the government view 'children' - is it reflecting public opinion, or leading it? How does New Labour perceive 'child welfare'? What are the motivations behind, and objectives of, current social policy for children? Are the 'Rights of the Child' being subsumed under 'duties and responsibilities'? This revisionist account provides critical answers to these questions within a historical framework and from a child-centred perspective.The book not only offers a provocative account of contemporary policies and the ideological thrust behind them, but also provides an informed historical perspective on the evolution of child welfare during the last century.
Contents
Child welfare: ways of seeing
The narrative of bodies/minds: bodies
The narrative of bodies/minds: minds (and bodies)
The narrative of victims/threats
The relationship between bodies/minds and victims/threats
Normal/abnormal
Children as the future
Providing for the 'children of the nation', 1880s-1918
The background
The Child Study Movement
Child cruelty and the NSPCC
The age of consent and punishment of incest
Children in care: the Poor Law, voluntary societies and child emigration
The blind, the deaf and the 'feeble-minded', The Infant Welfare Movement
The School Meals Service
School medical inspection and treatment
The 1908 Children Act
Child welfare in a period of economic and political crises, 1918-45
Nutrition
Medical treatment
The Child Guidance Movement
Changing perspectives on juvenile delinquency: the 1933 Children and Young Persons Act
The war years: evacuation, school meals, and health and welfare under the 1944 Education Act
Optimism and liberalism: children of the welfare state 1945-79
The Curtis Report, 1946
The 1948 Children Act
The 1948 Children Act, the family and the state
Deprivation and depravation: Ingleby and the family
The 1963 and 1969 Children and Young Person Acts
The 'family service' in the community, 1970-75
Fostering, adoption and the 1975 Children Act
The rediscovery of child abuse
The Conservative Age: liberal moments amid poverty, ill-health and punishment 1979-97
Health: increasing inequalities
Poverty: the worst in Europe?
Delinquency and justice: 'childhood in crisis'
Childcare policy, the 1989 Children Act and after
New Labour and child welfare: panopticism in the service of communitarianism
Introduction: the Third Way
Poverty: eradicating it
Education: 'education, education, education'
Delinquency: 'no more excuses'; New Labour and the post-modern child
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