Foster Care Magazine
The study outlines the dilemmas for those designing and funding services as to whether they are to be preventative, community-based or targeted at those children at risk of significant harm... The most striking are the voices of parents, reinforcing the researchers' findings about the value of empowering parents, affirming their strengths, providing a welcoming atmosphere.
Child and Family Social Work
By providing a balanced view of the ideologies and realities of implementing a seamless approach to service delivery, this book provides highly relevant reading to students, social care practitioners, researchers and policy makers.
The British Holistic Medical Association
This book provides a readable and structured account of factors that impact access to and use of children's service networks in the UK.
British Journal of Social Work
As someone who, in the past, has worked in a social work field team, and also in a neighbourhood-based family centre offering family support, I have experienced first-hand the benefits of the family-centre approach for children and families. It was therefore good to read the outcomes of a substantial research study which provides an overview of the innovative and ground-breaking work that has been done over the years in family centres and which has anticipated so many strands of current public policy.
This evaluative study explore the development of family centres in the context of changing law and policy, particularly Every Child Matters... The book is accessible and easy to read. It is undoubtedly of interest to family centre staff, but most useful to those professionals who purchase services from children's centres and want a more in- depth insight into the issues and challenges they face functioning within a shifting policy and framework.
Professional Social Work
Well written and very accessible to its readers, this book deserves a place in every social care practitioner's ,manager's and government social policymaker's bookcase and library. It is one of 11 studies commissioned in 1994 by the Department of Health to explore the potential of family centres as a source of access to a range of family support service for parents. A very good and inspiring read'.