Social Policy, Cambridge University Press
This edited collection of papers from mostly Australian researchers and practitioners is concerned with how children can be recognised as social actors rather than passive consumers or victims. Drawing on the paradigm of the new childhood studies, it crosses disciplinary boundaries and covers policy and practice over a range of topics, including child labour, active citizenship, Family Group Conferencing, pre-school programmes and child protection. Its target audience is `those who have the desire and the power to promote children being taken seriously individually and as a group', including social workers, teachers, mental health professionals and others working with children.
The book has a blend of theoretical perspectives that may appeal to anyone working in children's rights services or in a research or policy role. There is a wealth of information devoted to the consideration of children as important beings, visible in their own right... The content is topical and extremely worthwhile.