Exploring Concepts of Child Well-Being

Exploring Concepts of Child Well-Being: Implications for Children's Services

Paperback Published on: 29/06/2012
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Synopsis

Policy reforms to children's services in the UK and elsewhere encourage a greater focus on outcomes defined in terms of child well-being. Yet for this to happen, we need not only a better understanding of what child well-being is and how services can improve it, but also the ability to measure child well-being in order to evaluate success.

This book investigates the main approaches to conceptualising child well-being, applies them to the child population using household survey and agency audit data, then considers the implications for children's services. The author:

provides a clear conceptual understanding of five perspectives on well-being: need, rights, poverty, quality of life and social exclusion

demonstrates the value of each perspective

charts levels of child well-being in an inner-London community, including violated rights and social exclusion

sets out the features that children's services must have if they are to improve child well-being defined in these terms

This book should be read by everyone involved in developing, implementing and evaluating children's services, including researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

  • Publisher: Bristol University Press
  • ISBN: 9781447305859
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Dimensions: 240 x 172 mm

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