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 Safeguarding Black Children

Safeguarding Black Children

Good Practice in Child Protection

Edited by Claudia Bernard and Perlita Harris

Quick Overview

Provides guidance on the ways child protection services need to improve provision for black children and young people in need. With chapters dedicated to key issues, it shows how social workers can provide better support for these children and their families.
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Paperback / softback
2016, 9.02in x 5.98in / 229mm x 152mm, 288pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-569-7
£25.00
Ebook
2016, ePUB, 288pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-011-5
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£25.00

Description

Providing an exploration of the key issues, this book offers practical advice on how to improve the safeguarding and welfare of black children and young people in need.

With contributions from academics, researchers and practitioners, it promotes an understanding of the particular cultural and social issues that affect black children in relation to child protection. It highlights how race and racism, as well as culture, faith and gender, can influence the ways need and risk are interpreted and responded to. Drawing on insights from research evidence, case examples and practice guidelines, it outlines the range of factors that contribute to the vulnerability of black children and describes how to improve techniques of working with minority ethnic families. The book covers issues such as the effects of parental mental health problems, living with domestic violence, child maltreatment, and demonstrates how these might be understood differently for black children and young people. There are also chapters on topics such as female genital mutilation, witchcraft and forced marriage.

Essential reading for all social workers and child protection workers, as well as students and support managers, Safeguarding Black Children provides the tools and understanding needed to better support these children.

Reviews

'This unique publication unearths a whole new repertoire of knowledge which would be very useful for practitioners like myself as well as policymakers, students and academics in better critiquing the issues affecting the lives of African children in the UK. It is a refreshing addition to the academic debate about the resilience of children and it sheds a new light on the adverse conditions affecting children - and the role of various actors to help address these.'
- Debbie Ariyo OBE, CEO, AFRUCA

'Though it is the case that black children face many of the harms children in the majority population are exposed to, because of racism and discrimination they also face different challenges. Writing from a strengths, rather than deficit focus, and using a systems analytic lens, the authors tackle an array of subjects from the more general such as mental health, community and, domestic violence to more specific challenges such as forced marriage, female genital mutilation and witchcraft-related abuse. With contributions from some of the best scholars writing on black children's experiences in the UK today, this book addresses some of the structural factors that increase risk to black children, acknowledges their resilience and identifies ways to engage with them and their families. It fills a void in the safeguarding literature; indeed there is none like it. In addition to its practice and policy value, Bernard and Harris have achieved something whose significance cannot be overstated in the current climate, they have re-asserted the importance of progressive, anti-racist social work practice. The overarching message of this book then, is that safeguarding black children simply amounts to good practice for all children.'
- Professor Adele Jones, The Centre for Child, Family and Youth Research, The University of Huddersfield, UK

'This book represents a bold and important departure in navigating the fine line between acknowledging the heterogeneity and strengths of black families and the known and systemised risk factors that mean black children are overrepresented across a range of safeguarding issues. It is truly a tour de force in breadth and in depth, addressing issues facing new migrants as well as those in established black communities. Sometimes challenging and contentious in their investigation, at times painful and moving in the content covered, but always exacting in drawing on the evidence base, these scholars have produced a collection that is a must for contemporary practice.'
- Professor Charlotte Williams, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia