Describes the project that was used in the design of a computerized child protection information system. Based on the analysis of 325 child protection cases reported to a state child welfare agency, it focuses on the outcomes of child protection interventions as described in case file text.
The label of child abuse covers a wide variety of symptoms, behaviours and contexts. Child abuse cases are the products of complex processes of identification, confirmation and disposal rather than being self evident in the child's presenting condition. For those involved in child abuse work who are in desperate need of the research tools to help them make sense of this situation, David Thorpe's book will be invaluable. It describes a project which was used in the design of a computerized child protection information system. Based on the quantitative and qualitative analysis of 325 substantiated and 'at risk' child protection cases reported to a state child welfare agency, it focuses on the outcomes of child protection interventions as described in case file text. Chapters in the book deal with both gender and ethnicity issues in child protection and show how gender and racial discrimination can lead to the overrepresentation of these significant social groups. The methodologies which David Thorpe outlines and discusses here are replicable elsewhere. Perhaps most crucially the book will enable managers and practitioners to take greater control of their work and have greater confidence in what they do and the decisions they make.
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"Thorpe raises challenging questions in a rigorous way, and his book will be a useful resource on research methods and value dilemmas in the child protection field." - British Journal of Social Work "This analysis and the debates it will generate should be of great interest to over-stretched front-line child protection social workers...Evaluating Child Protection will stimulate a great deal of debate in policy and practice settings. Highly recommended." - Community Care "David Thorpe's book is a breath of fresh air to all who have felt that, despite the high profile given to child protective work, we are somehow managing to miss the point, and therefore failing in our task of helping children...There is much of interest in this book for all who work in child protection." - The BPS Division of Educational and Child Psychology Newsletter. "...valuable reading for managersand practitioners." - Aslib Book List "What makes this book essential to practitioners, managers and academics interested in this 'ideology' is the admirably clear methodology Thorpe develops, and its use to investigate and analyse the neglected area, in research terms, of routine child protection services." - Journalof Interprofessional Care "Evaluating Child Protection is a comprehensive work covering many areas in much detail...I would encourage students of research methods to readthis work for its methodology but particularly to study the impact ofthe researcher's own ideological and ethical stance on his conclusions. Social work students would gain much from the historical framework,review of multi-ethnicand gender issues and outcomes of individual cases...David Thorpe...contributes to several areas that need constant assessment and re-evaluation and Evaluating Child Protection has something for anyone interested in the field." - Criminal Behaviour & Mental Health
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Foreword; Child Protection; Outcomes in Child Welfare Research; Designing a Child Protection Information System; Early Results Beginning with Substitute; Home-Based Services; Late Admission to Substitute Care; No Further Action; Aboriginal People and Child Protection; Gender Issues in Child; Redefining Child Protection; Appendix; Bibliography.
EVALUATING CHILD PROTECTION by D.H. Thorpe
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