Rethinking child protection strategy: Learning from trends

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Devine, L. and Parker, S. (2015) Rethinking child protection strategy: Learning from trends. Working Paper. Centre for Legal Research, University of the West of England. Available from:

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This Working Paper is developed from the findings of the first Interim Report of the ESRC Transformative project, Rethinking Child Protection Strategy. It considers Child Protection and Safeguarding referral, investigation and outcome trend data. The trends are analysed on a number of measures in light of the available statistical data, covering the period since the implementation of the Children Act 1989. The trend data establishes that despite the increased cost, level of intrusion into private family life and surveillance of families there is no proportionate increase in the level of child abuse found in referred children. Although the number of children referred into the system has significantly increased, the number of cases where ‘core abuse’ (physical and sexual abuse) is detected has dropped. In addition, the ratio of referrals to registrations has significantly fallen year on year. This is not adequately explained by the rise in early intervention for families as targeted early intervention occurs following the assessment stage. The paper concludes there are a number of policy questions to be addressed.

Item Type: Report or Working Paper (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: rethinking child protection strategy, child protection, safeguarding, trend data, referrals, assessment
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Business and Law
Depositing User: Professor L. Devine
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2015 12:55
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2017 08:22


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