Making the case for 'Rethinking Child Protection Strategy'

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Devine, L. (2016) Making the case for 'Rethinking Child Protection Strategy'. In: Critical Perspectives on Child Protection Seminars, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, 13 September 2016. Available from:

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This paper makes the case for rethinking child protection strategy in England and related jurisdictions. The Economic and Social Research Council-funded study ‘Rethinking Child Protection Strategy’ identifies four new theoretical insights which explain the underlying tensions and irreconcilable issues in child protection and safeguarding policy. The study examined trends in referrals and assessments and the reasons for the large increases over recent years, despite the lack of reduction of child abuse prevalence reported in the general population. 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. The study also examined the use of risk prediction and its impact on trends and outcomes. This examination enables the narratives of ‘failure’ and of ‘success’ in child protection work to be re-thought.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: child protection, safeguarding, trends, prevalence, serious case reviews, public inquiries, risk prediction
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Law
Depositing User: Professor L. Devine
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 11:03
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 15:04


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