Rethinking child protection strategy: Is current intervention strategy justified?

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Devine, L. (2015) Rethinking child protection strategy: Is current intervention strategy justified? In: Contemporary Issues in Social Work: Public Lecture Series, London South Bank University, Lodge Lecture Theatre, London, UK, 7 December 2015. Available from:

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Dr Devine has described government policy in child protection as creating the ‘welfare/policing dichotomy’. She will discuss her ESRC-funded study which investigates government policy in respect of current child protection strategy. Her study examines trends in referrals and assessments and the reasons for the large increases over recent years. By examining these trends, perceptions of the prevalence of child abuse can be revisited. The study also examines the use of Public Inquiries and Serious Case Reviews in the context of their use in a culture where under-intervention is almost inevitably associated with failure. This examination enables the narratives of ‘failure’ and of ‘success’ in child protection work to be re-thought. The study poses significant questions about how current child protection services are configured.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: child protection, safeguarding, rethinking, welfare/policing dichotomy, ESRC
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Business and Law
Depositing User: Professor L. Devine
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2016 09:02
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2017 14:04


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