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Exploring concepts of child well-being

Nick Axford

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420657
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302278 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420657.001.0001
Exploring concepts of child well-being

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Policy reforms to children's services in the UK and elsewhere encourage a greater focus on outcomes defined in terms of child well-being. Yet for this to happen, we need not only a better understanding of what child well-being is and how services can improve it, but also the ability to measure child well-being in order to evaluate success. This book investigates the main approaches to conceptualising child well-being, applies them to the child population using household survey and agency audit data, then considers the implications for children's services. The book provides a clear conceptual understanding of five perspectives on well-being: need, rights, poverty, quality of life and social exclusion; demonstrates the value of each perspective; charts levels of child well-being in an inner-London community; including violated rights and social exclusion; and sets out the features that children's services must have if they are to improve child well-being defined in these terms.

Keywords: child well-being; household surveys; agency audits; need; rights; quality of life; social exclusion; violated rights

Book.  272 pages.  Illustrated.

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Need in Exploring concepts of child well-being

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Rights in Exploring concepts of child well-being

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Poverty in Exploring concepts of child well-being

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Quality of life in Exploring concepts of child well-being

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Social exclusion in Exploring concepts of child well-being

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Relationships between the concepts in Exploring concepts of child well-being

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Child well-being through different lenses in Exploring concepts of child well-being

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Relationships between the conditions in Exploring concepts of child well-being

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Matching conditions and service styles in Exploring concepts of child well-being

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