In the context of the increasing global movement of people and a growing evidence base for differing outcomes in child welfare, Routledge Handbook of Global Child Welfare provides a compelling account of child welfare, grounded in the latest theory, policy and practice. Drawing on eminent international expertise, the book offers a coherent and comprehensive overview of the policies, systems and practices that can deliver the best outcomes for children. It considers the challenges faced by children globally, and the difference families, services and professionals can make. This ambitious and far-reaching handbook is essential reading for everyone working to make the world a better and safer place for children.

part I|44 pages

Historical and theoretical perspectives

chapter 1|16 pages

Childhood, parents and the family: 1500–1900

ByLinda Pollock

chapter 2|13 pages

Historical themes in child welfare

The emergence of early child welfare structures
ByNick Frost

chapter 3|13 pages

Children and childhood

Viewed through different disciplinary lenses
ByHazel Wright

part II|52 pages

Parenting, resilience and community support

chapter 4|12 pages

Community development approaches in response to neoliberalism

The example of Eskasoni Mental Health Services, Canada
ByLinda Liebenberg, Daphne Hutt-Macleod

chapter 5|16 pages

The centrality of community

Achieving child and youth welfare
BySarah Eissler, Mark Brennan

chapter 6|10 pages

Universal service provision for children and young people

A challenge for policy makers
ByRoger Smith

chapter 7|12 pages

Child welfare practice in New Zealand

Challenges and possibilities
ByRobyn Munford, Jackie Sanders

part III|54 pages

Family support

chapter 8|10 pages

Promoting children’s welfare through Family Support

ByCarmel Devaney

chapter 9|15 pages

Contemporary young motherhood

Global perspectives of everyday experiences
ByBarry Fearnley

chapter 10|13 pages

The relevance of civic engagement for child and youth welfare

Lessons learnt from socialist and post-socialist Slovenia
ByTanja Kovačič, Pat Dolan

chapter 11|14 pages

Children’s rights, social justice and family support

Developing inclusive, socially just and participatory practice
ByJohn M. Davis, Mary Smith

part IV|92 pages

Crime and violence against children

chapter 12|12 pages

Preventing child sexual exploitation

Would an international age of consent to sexual activity help secure the welfare of children?
ByJenny Pearce

chapter 13|11 pages

Child labour exploitation

A historical and global view
ByGary Craig

chapter 14|23 pages

Child welfare and Serbia on the path towards European integration

ByNevenka Žegarac

chapter 15|12 pages

The impact of intimate partner violence on children

A global and developmental analysis
ByHannah Clark, Sandra A. Graham-Bermann

chapter 16|14 pages

The impact of exposure to domestic abuse on children and young people

Lessons from research
ByStephanie Holt

chapter 17|18 pages

Comparing child protection systems

Towards a global perspective
ByNigel Parton

part V|70 pages

Substitute care

chapter 18|17 pages

Kinship care for children and young people

International perspectives
ByJ.P. Gleeson

chapter 19|18 pages

International adoption

A global challenge
ByOh Myo Kim, JaeRan Kim, Randy Tarnowski

chapter 20|13 pages

Residential care for children and young people

Policy and practice challenges
ByClaudia Mollidor, David Berridge

chapter 21|20 pages

Institutionalization and the commodification of children

How to ensure children regain their right to family life
ByGeorgette Mulheir, Lynn Lina Gyllensten

part VI|72 pages

Promoting positive practice

chapter 22|11 pages

From relationship-based practice in child welfare services to co-production with families

ByNuala Connolly, Liam White, Mirja Satka

chapter 23|19 pages

Multi-disciplinary work with children and young people

Process and outcomes
ByNick Frost

chapter 24|13 pages

Youth mentoring as a form of support for children and young people at risk

Insights from research and practice
ByCaroline McGregor, Mary Lynch, Bernadine Brady

chapter 25|11 pages

Activated social empathy in child welfare and youth development

A case for consideration
ByPat Dolan, James Kenny, Danielle Kennan

chapter 26|12 pages

The use of play skills during child protection and welfare assessments

Building relationships with children to explore attachment relationships
ByLisa O’Reilly, Pat Dolan

chapter |4 pages


ByPat Dolan, Nick Frost