Family centres: protection and promotion at the heart of the Children Act 1989

WARREN-ADAMSON, CHRISTOPHER and Lightburn, A. (2010) Family centres: protection and promotion at the heart of the Children Act 1989 Journal of Children's Services, 5 (3). pp. 25-36. ISSN 1746-6660

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Abstract 1: The special significance of family centres in the United Kingdom as a mirror of new possibilities for child welfare in the years following the Children Act 1989 are highlighted. The Act sanctioned local authorities in England and Wales to provide family centres for families of children in need as well as neighbourhood families, reflecting a UK family centre movement that emerged in the mid-1970s and gathered strength in the 1980s and 1990s. Family centres ultimately merged with the children’s centre movement. The article, describing the evolution of family centres, reveals a strong underpinning of family-centred, centre-based activity internationally, and shows practice combining intervention from the sophisticated to the very informal. In ending, the article focuses on ‘integrated centres’ as complex systems of care with wide implications for practice and outcome evaluation in an ‘evidence-based’ context. Abstract 2: This article reflects on the significance of family centres in the UK as a mirror of new possibilities for child welfare in the year following the Children Act 1989. The Act empowered local authorities in England and Wales to provide family centres as part of 'family support practice'. The article reveals a rich vein of family-centred, centre-based activity internationally and shows practice combining intervention from the sophisticated to the very informal. The authors focus on so-called 'integrated centres' as complex systems of care with wide implications for practice and outcome evaluation in an 'evidence-based' context

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:Special edition - Children's Act 1989 - 21 years on. © Pier Professional Ltd.
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.5042/jcs.2010.0548
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
ID Code:8783
Deposited By:Converis
Deposited On:16 Jun 2011 09:48
Last Modified:28 Jan 2014 16:18

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