Cloth $125.00 ISBN: 9781847420657 Published March 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447305859 Published November 2012 For sale in North and South America only

Exploring Concepts of Child Well-Being

Implications for Children's Services

Nick Axford

Nick Axford

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

272 pages | © 2012
Cloth $125.00 ISBN: 9781847420657 Published March 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447305859 Published November 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Policy reforms to children’s services are increasingly driven by outcomes that focus on child well-being. Until now, however, this concept has been dimly defined. Seeking a better understanding of what child well-being is and how services can improve it, Nick Axford’s pivotal book provides groundbreaking pathways into understanding the true success of child services. After investigating the main approaches to thinking about child well-being, he goes on to apply them to the actual child population by examining household surveys and agency audit data. Finally, he considers the overall implications for children’s services, providing a must-read for anyone interested in these critical programs.
Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York

“This book brings to life established as well as new ideas about child wellbeing. More importantly, it explains the consequences of adopting one perspective over another. Nick Axford’s investigation is essential reading for those involved in designing, implementing, and evaluating services for children.”

Research, Policy, and Planning
“Axford’s book unpicks the definition of child wellbeing in a strong mix of theoretical constructs and evidence based research. . . . This book has earned its place as a valuable social care text.”
Contents
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Preface to the paperback edition

1. Introduction
Part One: Defining child well-being
2. Need
3. Rights
4. Poverty
5. Quality of Life
6. Social Exclusion
7. Relationships between the concepts
Part Two: Measuring child well-being
8. Child well-being through different lenses
9. Relationships between the conditions
Part Three: Implications for children's services
10. Matching conditions and service styles
11. Developing congruent children's services
12. Conclusions

Appendices
    A: Method
    B: Logistic regression
    C: The 60 variables
    D: Additional results
References
Index
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