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Travels in the Trench Between 

Child Welfare Theory and Practice


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Special Notice    Travels in the Trench Between 

Child Welfare Theory and Practice


The Book


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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The Author


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 Print Publisher


Haworth Press is proud to support this pioneering example of Internet publishing for the improvement of family wellbeing. Travels in the Trench is an important book in a time of changes in the child welfare system. Haworth feels that this book, and its electronic publication, are both perfect examples of our commitment to publishing mission.

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The Online Version


NOTE: This electronic publication represents a special collaboration between the original publisher and the Cornell/LifeNET Child Abuse Prevention Network.

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.

Readers are invited to explore every aspect of these pages. The materials found here are the intellectual property of The Haworth Press, the author, and the Cornell/LifeNET Child Abuse Prevention Network. If you have any questions we would be most happy to answer them. You can write to us directly from this page:

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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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