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Child welfare, both as an academic subject and an important area of government policy and professional practice, has become increasingly specialised and compartmentalised. It is therefore difficult for students, teachers and professionals to keep abreast of the wide range of policy developments and to appreciate their impact on the welfare of children. This book provides an essential one-stop introduction to the key concepts, issues, policies and practices affecting child welfare, with particular emphasis on the changing nature of the relationship between child welfare and social policy. No other book brings together such a wide selection of material to form an attractive and indispensable teaching and learning resource. Child welfare and social policy provides readers with: an historical overview of child welfare in England and Wales; high quality contributions from leading authorities in the field; discursive introductions to each section that set individual chapters in the broader context of childhood studies; case study material to bring discussions to life. Key topics covered include: morality and child welfare; relations between law, medicine, social work, social theory and child welfare; children's rights and democratic citizenship; children as raw material for 'social investment'. Child welfare and social policy is invaluable reading for students and academics in social policy, sociology, education and social work. It is also a useful resource for health and social work professionals wishing to follow current debates in theory and practice.