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In his introduction, Author George Thomas says:
"This book is about the evolution of child welfare services over the last half century, beginning after World War II. Since these services have been dominated by government and bureaucratized during that time, it is appropriate to visualize them as a small box within the larger box of the social services that, in turn, is totally encased by the world of public affairs, a world characterized by the interplay of political and bureaucratic forces."
Thus the book begins, and we are reminded that our child welfare system,
now so much under scrutiny in these days of social change, actually "came" from
someplace, and is significantly shaped by its environment and its context. Travels in
the Trench" is an unflinching look at the system and an invaluable resource for
those of us who feel that we are the ones laboring in the trenches, where social needs are
met and social problems like child abuse are struggled with on a day-to-day basis. This
book, published in 1994, is a compelling resource, now that "we are ending welfare as
we knew it."
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George Thomas has never been called shy and retiring. Despite the professorial Ph.D. after his name, George has always spent his time out where the action is, and where change is most likely to occur. He has been a professor, he has been a youth worker, he has been a researcher, and he has been a pioneer in the world of computers in social work. Click for a biography that is provided in the book, and on "traveler in the trench" for the way Dr. Thomas describes how is got himself into the trench in the first place. You can write to the author: George Thomas.
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The Haworth Press retains all publishing rights for the book serialized here. The Child Abuse Prevention Network has permission to publish the original volume in electronic form. The Child Abuse Prevention Network is dedicated to creating comprehensive support to the goal of reducing child maltreatment in the family setting. We are making this electronic publication available in a unique form, with the goal of alerting readers to its availability, and the purpose of enhancing the usefulness of the information in meeting our mission.
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[Haworth co-indexing entry note]: "Introduction-A View from the Trench," Thomas, George. Co-published simultaneously in Child & Youth Services (The Haworth Press, Inc.) Vol. 17, No. 1/2, 1994, pp. 1-31; and: Travels in the Trench Between Child Welfare Theory and Practice: A Case Study of Failed Promises and Prospects for Renewal (George Thomas) The Haworth Press, Inc., 1994, pp. 1-31. Multiple copies of this article/chapter may be purchased from The Haworth Document Delivery Center [1-800-3-HAWORTH; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (EST)]. © 1994 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
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