Journal of Social Work
Buckley's argument is convincingly and cleverly made. It is the sort of analysis that, had it been available at the time, would have shed more light on why child protection professionals in the Victorian Climbié case failed to respond to her safeguarding needs... This book should be required reading for anyone undertaking a child abuse inquiry or serious review.
Child Care in Practice
Buckley's account of the operation of the child protection process in one health board at a time of "unprecedented development" in the Irish child welfare system provides a unique and fascinating insight into the realities of practice. The meticulous nature of the research presented and the clarity of analysis does constitute a thought provoking and useful text that will assist practitioners, theorists and others interested in understanding the challenges for social workers involved in child protection and the influences on their practice.
Journal of Practice Teaching
In this book the author seeks to make visible the professional practices of statutory social workers involved in the child protection process. By finding out more about what happens at the early stages of the processing of concerns about children - the referral stage and beyond- she argues we can understand more about the complexities and uncertainties of child protection work... This book is therefore of great interest to anyone involved in researching social work child protection or child welfare practice in the twenty first century. It will also be a valuable resource for anyone teaching social work practitioners, either as trainee social workers or in post- qualifying courses, as it encourages critical reflection based on the actual work of child protection as acted out by the workers themselves. Social work practitioners themselves will be able to use some of these case studies to help them understand the nature of their own work and the difficulties they daily face'.
This is a book that deserves to be widely read by practitioners involved in child protection work... Throughout, the author examines in detail the dynamic processes of child protection work, providing the reader with important insights that extend far beyond the "official discourse" of policy and practice. In this way the book makes a major contribution to our understanding of professional practices in this area and gives a critical perspective on the current child protection system.
ROSTRUM (Scottish Quarterly Bulletin)
Very helpful references to further research.
This is a frank, no-punches-pulled description and discussion on the child protection system in the Republic of Ireland during the 1990's... It is a thoughtful book, relevant to UK practice too.