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The science of a good childhood: a review of Volume 2 of the Journal of Children's Services

Nick Axford (Dartington Social Research Unit, UK)
Emma Crewe (ChildHope, UK)
Celene Domitrovich (Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, US)
Alina Morawska (University of Queensland, Australia)

Journal of Children's Services

ISSN: 1746-6660

Article publication date: 10 July 2008



This article reviews the contents of the previous year's editions of the Journal of Children's Services (Volume 2, 2007), as requested by the Journal's editorial board. It draws out some of the main messages for how high‐quality scientific research can help build good childhoods in western developed countries, focusing on: the need for epidemiology to understand how to match services to needs; how research can build evidence of the impact of prevention and intervention services on child well‐being; what the evidence says about how to implement proven programmes successfully; the economic case for proven programmes; the urgency of improving children's material living standards; how to help the most vulnerable children in society; and, lastly, the task of measuring child well‐being.



Axford, N., Crewe, E., Domitrovich, C. and Morawska, A. (2008), "The science of a good childhood: a review of Volume 2 of the Journal of Children's Services", Journal of Children's Services, Vol. 3 No. 4, pp. 46-58.



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