We are members of an excellent site called Academia.edu, which offers scholarly content and research on just about everything, and being signed up to their child welfare materials, this excellent article popped into our inbox this morning and we wanted to share it.

The extract, taken from the book “Childcare in Practice” (2014) and published by Routledge is entitled, “The Good Enough Parent: Implications for Child Protection”, and is written by Peter W. Choate and Sandra Engstrom.

In this article, the authors argue that whilst child protection workers are deemed with the task of assessing whether or not a child can be sustained within the family system using the ‘good enough’ parenting standard, to date there is still no literature which offers guidance on how to put that into practice. The result of this, which is something we have said often, is that much is then left to personal discretion, which creates inconsistencies and systematic biases which work against the best interests of children inside the system.

It’s an excellent read. The language is accessible, the rationale is sophisticated and considered and the content is highly informative. From the history behind the term the ‘good enough’ parent, to assessment styles and beyond, this is a must-read for anyone who cares about improving the child protection system.

We have said it many times, but the system will not improve unless the training and materials used are of a very high standard. The lack of concrete guidance in other sectors of the system too needs to be addressed.

So we better start getting on with it.

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