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NCJ Number: 169844 Find in a Library
Title: Child Protection Unit: Its History, Function and Effectiveness in the Organization of Child Protection Work
Author(s): M F Murphy
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 176
Sponsoring Agency: Avebury Publishing Co
Brookfield, VT 05036
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85972-139-7
Sale Source: Avebury Publishing Co
Old Post Road
Brookfield, VT 05036
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This book is intended to further the investigation into the organization of child protection work, with attention to the United Kingdom; although concerned with the child protection unit (CPU) as an organizational form, the conclusions of this study are relevant for all child protection organizational systems.
Abstract: The issues addressed are in three broad categories: history, function, and effectiveness. In the area of history, the book focuses on whether there is a CPU movement or whether the occurrence of CPU's is merely a random series of organizational events, further, if there is such a movement, what its characteristics are, how it has developed, and where it is going? Another history issue pertains to why a provision of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has given way to a large-scale local-authority investment in this area. In the matter of function, the study examines how this CPU movement fits into the wider child protection system and the functions it fulfills for the various parts of this system. Further, the study considers how these functions have changed over time. Regarding effectiveness, the study considers what an average CPU can be expected to achieve and what can be expected of the wider CPU movement. In addition, it addresses whether it is possible to assess the success or failure of the movement or the individual CPU within it, and the implications for child protection systems in general. The study addresses these issues through a literature review and empirical research that consisted of semi-structured interviews with key individuals within the Coltown child protection system, a survey of Coltown staff, and a survey of child protection agencies in England and Wales. Appended supplementary information, a 102-item bibliography, and a subject index
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child protection services; Foreign organizations; Organization development; Organization studies
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