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This is a forensic dissection of New Labour's approach to transforming children's services. Garrett brings together politics, policy and plans in a resolutely critical engagement with the futures currently being made both for social workers and for the families and children who may need those services. John Clarke, Professor of Social Policy, The Open University "Paul Michael Garrett writes with verve, commitment and clarity. His new book on transforming Children's Services will make a significant and lasting impression on the social work literature." Stephen Webb, Director of Institute of the Advanced Study for Humanity (IASH) University of Newcastle, UK This book provides an accessible overview of the ‘transformation’ of Children’s Services in England. In doing this, it draws on social theory, critical social policy and takes account of developments in other countries. Paul Michael Garrett argues that the many changes which have taken place within, and beyond, Children’s Services are related to the politics of Neoliberalism which, it is maintained, lie at the core of the Change for Children programme. Readers will find detailed discussion on: The Laming Report which examined the death of Victoria Climbi? The case of ‘Baby P’ Social work’s ‘electronic turn’ and the use of ICTs in Children’s Services Controversial plans to introduce Contactpoint (a database on all children) More pervasive patterns of surveillance How ‘ASBO politics’ has influenced the ‘transformation’ agenda So-called ‘Problem families’ and the measures put in place to respond to such families Controversial plans to set up ‘Social Work Practices’ for children in public care Transforming Children’s Services is clearly a key reading for social work and social policy students. Furthermore, the book directly addresses a range of issues of direct concern to practitioners. The book will also find an audience amongst academics, policy makers and all those who are interested in critical reflection and in applying theoretical insights to practice issues. After each chapter a ‘Reflection and Talk’ box is included to prompt further discussion on the key themes examined.