This book provides a comprehensive review and analysis of the last fifty years of developments within child welfare since the introduction of the Childrens Act in 1948. The book explores a wide range of issues that are central to child welfare practices. The first section puts the practice debate within a wider context of social policy. The second section considers the complex and sensitive work required in caring or arranging care for children in need and the influences, forces and fashions that have pulled child care in various directions. Underlying the contributions to this book is the profound conviction of the importance of these issues, and the belief in our capacity to improve care provision for vulnerable children. Child Welfare in the UK is a valuable resource for all those studying and working in the field of child welfare. For students of social policy and social work, it provides a comprehensive review of critical aspects of provision for children in need. For those who work alongside social workers--such as doctors, health visitors, psychologists, and teachers--it offers an insight into the professional, organisational and political factors influencing policy and practice.