Adoption and Fostering
The emphasis on helping parents reach their own solutions, reducing inter-professional rivalries, assessing children holistically (and in partnership) and demanding rigorous evaluation echo much that is envisaged for the new children and family services'.
This book provides an overview of the findings of 14 government-funded studies, carried out in the Supporting Parents initiative, between 1996 and 2002. The book presents research findings in non-technical language making them accessible to a wide readership. The strength of the book lies in the author's ability to deal with complexity, in terms of sources of support and content; diversity of family structures; problems faced by parents; and views on services. The only obvious omission, though this is understandable, is a lack of focus on supporting parents who do not engage with social work on a voluntary basis, for instance those who are subject to Parenting Orders. This book will be of great value to social workers and managers. It should be read by those planning new, or refocusing existing services. Most importantly, it should form part of a toolkit for children's services inter-agency planning, service delivery and partnership groups.