"This is, without question, one of the best books I have ever read on residential care. It is a thoughtful, reflective and practical presentation which will help us all be better at what we do." -- Thom Garfat, Editor, CYC-Net
"Comprehensive and critical, yet hopeful about the possibilities, this book is for workers who care for disadvantaged children in any setting, and for thinkers who want to understand what is happening to the child care system and why." -- Ian Milligan, Assistant Director (Education), Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care
"....this is a welcome, engaging and challenging text: passionate and incisive about its subject in such a way that, even where the reader does not agree, it gives rise to new insights." -- Robin Sen in Child and Family Social Work Journal
"This is a highly recommended book for every level of Child and Youth Care practice. The author comes alive as a passionate, believable CYC professional who explains and decontructs our field in a way that will help all of us build new knowledge". --Jack Phelan in Relational Child and Youth Care Practice
About the Author
Mark Smith is a Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Social and Political Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He worked in residential child care settings for almost 20 years. He was previously a lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, where he developed the MSc in Advanced Residential Child Care. He has published across a range of issues related to residential child care.