ESRC evidence briefing: Rethinking child protection strategy: Child protection & assessment

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Devine, L. and Parker, S. (2015) ESRC evidence briefing: Rethinking child protection strategy: Child protection & assessment. Other. ESRC, ESRC website. Available from:

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There is a trend towards over-referral according to ESRC funded research by Dr Lauren Devine and Mr Stephen Parker at the University of the West of England, Bristol. They have examined referral data across England, and the social work response to it. Findings indicate that despite the upward trend in referral, there is no corresponding increase in the detection of child abuse. There is increased pressure on agencies working with children to refer, but little acknowledgement of the consequences for families of the referral. There are a number of policy issues arising from this finding summarised in this first evidence briefing from the project's results.

Item Type: Report or Working Paper (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: ESRC evidence briefing, rethinking child protection strategy, child protection & assessment, child abuse
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Business and Law
Depositing User: Professor L. Devine
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 14:14
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2016 23:37


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