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Author Lindsey, Duncan.

Title The welfare of children / Duncan Lindsey.

Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  362.70973 LIND    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bund  362.70973 LIND {Bund81 20190820}    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 404 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-376) and indexes.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Development of the System -- 3. Child Welfare Reform through Research and Demonstration: Permanency Planning -- 4. The Changing Social Portrait of Families -- 5. The Transformation of Child Welfare into Children's Protective Services -- 6. Decision-Making in Child Welfare: Linchpin of the Residual Model -- 7. Dealing with Child Abuse, the Red Herring of Child Welfare -- 8. The Economic Condition of Children -- 9. Programs and Policies for Achieving Income Equity for Children -- 10. The Underlying Problem of Child Welfare: Families that are Not Economically Self-Supporting -- 11. Developing a Child's Future Security Account Program -- 12. A Vision For The Future.
Summary Today the United States has more children living in poverty than any other industrialized nation. More than a quarter of all children grow up in poverty. The poverty rates for African-American and Hispanic children exceed 40 percent. Furthermore, the United States, a country which once pioneered strategies to prevent child abuse and which now spends more money fighting child abuse than any other industrialized country, has the highest rate of child abuse in the industrialized world. Against this background, Duncan Lindsey, a leading authority on child welfare, takes a critical look at the current child welfare system. He traces the transformation of child welfare into child protective services. The current focus on abuse has produced a system that is designed to protect children from physical and sexual abuse and therefore functions as a last resort for only the worst and most dramatic cases in child welfare. In a close analysis of the process of investigating and handling child abuse, Lindsey finds that there is no evidence that the transformation to protective services has reduced child abuse fatalities or provided a safer environment for children. He makes a compelling argument for the criminal justice system to assume responsibility for the problem of child abuse in order that the child welfare system can address the well-being of a much larger number of children. The Welfare of Children is a compassionate blueprint for comprehensive reform of the child welfare system to one that administers to the economic security of the large number of disadvantaged and impoverished children. Concrete policy proposals such as a Child's Future Security account, similar to the Social Securityprogram for older citizens, will spark serious debate on a major public policy issue facing our society.
Subject Child welfare -- United States -- History.
Child welfare -- North America -- History.
Child abuse -- United States -- Prevention -- Finance.
Child abuse -- North America -- Prevention -- Finance.
ISBN 0195085183 (acid-free paper)