Beyond Child Welfare: International Perspectives on Child and Family Policies
This chapter examines the evolving attention to achieving the goal of child well-being through a broad child and family approach rather than a narrow focus on protecting children against abuse and neglect. The more holistic type of approach employed is driven by the growing use of children’s rights as the basis for intervention, the increased attention to childhood social indicators as a device for monitoring and measuring trends in wellbeing over time, and developments in child and family policies as the framework for a strategic response once well-being is in focus. The objective is not to ignore social service reforms but to go beyond them.
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