Journal of Children's Services: 'Reflections on the impact of the Children Act 1989: child care policy, the knowledge base and the evolving role of social work'.

Author:Blewett, James
Position:Reprint - Brief article
 
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The Children Act 1989 sought to be evidence based in that its development reflected a growing body of research in the field of child care. This article explores the dynamic relationship between research, policy and practice in child welfare in the UK over the subsequent 21 years. It looks at the implications for the workforce and professional expertise, with a particular focus on social work. Initially, the implementation of the Act was closely associated with social services but provision has become more integrated and multidisciplinary. This has led...

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