version: UK | USA | International

Quality Matters in Children’s Services

Edited by Mike Stein

Series Editor: Mike Stein
Consultant Editor: Caroline Thomas

The provision of high quality children’s services matters to those who use and provide children’s services. This important series is the result of an extensive government-funded research initiative into the Quality Protects programme which aimed to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, as well as transform the management and delivery of children’s services. Focussing on current challenges in making every child matter, titles in the series are essential reading for all those working in the field.

Mike Stein is a research professor in the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York. He has researched the problems and challenges faced by vulnerable children and young people for 25 years and contributed to the development of policy and practice in the UK and internationally. He acted as an academic adviser to the Quality Protects research initiative. Caroline Thomas is Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, UK. She is an academic adviser to the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Quality Matters in Children's Services

Quality Matters in Children's Services

Messages from Research

Mike Stein

Quality Matters in Children's Services brings together authoritative research to explore critical concerns for those working with vulnerable children, young people and their families. Subjects covered include reunification, stability and wellbeing, kinship care, educating vulnerable young... more »

2009, Paperback: £19.99/ $42.95
ISBN: 978-1-84310-926-6, 297mm x 210mm / 11in x 8.5in, 160pp

Subject: Adoption, fostering and parenting

Educating Difficult Adolescents

Educating Difficult Adolescents

Effective Education for Children in Public Care or with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

David Berridge, Cherilyn Dance, Jennifer Beecham and Sarah Field

Educational achievements for children in care are significantly poorer than for the general school population. This book explores why this is and how to enable children in care to succeed in the classroom. more »

2008, Paperback: £25.00/ $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-84310-681-4, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 224pp

Subjects: Adoption, fostering and parenting, Education

Kinship Care

Kinship Care

Fostering Effective Family and Friends Placements

Elaine Farmer and Sue Moyers

Children are frequently cared for by relatives and friends when parents, for whatever reason, are unable to care for their children themselves. Yet there has been very little information about how well children do when placed with kin or how safe they are in these placements. more »

2008, Paperback: £25.00/ $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-84310-631-9, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 256pp

Subject: Adoption, fostering and parenting

The Pursuit of Permanence

The Pursuit of Permanence

A Study of the English Child Care System

Ian Sinclair, Claire Baker, Jenny Lee and Ian Gibbs

Children in public care complain that they have too many placements. Professionals agree but little is known about the reasons for this instability or how it affects different groups of children. The Pursuit of Permanence explores this core issue for children's services. more »

2007, Paperback: £29.99/ $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-84310-595-4, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 320pp

Subject: Adoption, fostering and parenting

Child Protection, Domestic Violence and Parental Substance Misuse

Child Protection, Domestic Violence and Parental Substance Misuse

Family Experiences and Effective Practice

Hedy Cleaver, Don Nicholson, Sukey Tarr and Deborah Cleaver

This book draws on a wide range of evidence to explore the facts about the relationship between substance misuse and domestic violence and their effect on children, and examines the response of children's services when there are concerns about the safety and welfare of children. more »

2007, Paperback: £22.99/ $36.95
ISBN: 978-1-84310-582-4, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 232pp

Subject: Social work, social care, health and criminal justice