The politics of child protection : contemporary developments and future directions /

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Author / Creator:Parton, Nigel, author.
Imprint:Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Description:ix, 258 pages ; 24 cm
Subject:Child welfare -- Great Britain.
Children -- Services for -- Great Britain.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Children's Studies.
Child welfare.
Children -- Services for.
Great Britain.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:9781137269294 (paperback)
1137269294 (paperback)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:"From Every Child Matters and the Munro Review, to changing shifts in thinking from Coalition government; the child protection system has seen dramatic political and policy developments over recent years. This book brings you a critical analysis of these developments from a leading writer and commentator. It begins by exploring the origins of present-day arrangements, locating English policy and practice in both a wider British and international context. It examines tragic cases such as 'Baby P' and Maria Colwell, considering their impact on public and professional attitudes and, in turn, the implications for the child protection system. Looking to the future of child protection, Nigel Parton considers the current state of the system and argues that we need to address wider social and political issues, including poverty, class and inequality. Original, authoritative and up-to-date, The Politics of Child Protection is an important book for all students, practitioners and researchers interested in safeguarding and child protection. "--
Table of Contents:
  • List of Figures and Tables
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • 1. The politics of child protection: an introduction
  • Histories of the present
  • Comparing child protection systems
  • Central themes and overall argument
  • 2. Children's services in the postwar period
  • Introduction
  • The Children Act 1948 and the establishment of local, authority children's departments
  • The establishment of 'the family service'
  • The growing crisis in child protection
  • The Children Act 1989
  • Developments in the 1990s
  • Conclusion
  • 3. New Labour, children and childhood
  • The 'Third Way' and the 'social investment slate'
  • New Labour and modernization
  • Combating social exclusion
  • New Labour's policy for children and families
  • Conclusion
  • 4. The Every Child Matters agenda and beyond
  • Every Child Matters and the Children Act 2004
  • Every Child Matters: Change for Children
  • Building on Every Child Matters: developments from 2005 to 2008
  • Tensions and contradictions in New Labour's children's policy
  • Conclusion
  • 5. The tragedy of Baby Peter Connelly and its effects
  • Baby P: the key elements
  • Baby P and the 'politics of outrage'
  • Conclusion
  • 6. Central government guidance and child protection: 1974-2010
  • The beginnings of the contemporary child protection system
  • From the protection of children from abuse to the safeguarding and promotion of children's welfare
  • Working Together in the context of Every Child Matters
  • Staying Safe
  • Working Together in the post-Baby P era
  • Conclusion
  • 7. 'Social breakdown', the 'big society' and the Conservative-led coalition government
  • The coalition government: some key background ideas
  • The Coalition: Our Programme for Government
  • From 'the big society' to open public services
  • Conclusion
  • 8. Reforming child protection: a child-centred system?
  • The Munro Review of Child Protection
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013)
  • Conclusion
  • 9. Child welfare reform and the authoritarian neoliberal state
  • Neoliberal paternalism
  • Policies and services for children and families
  • Cutting and refocusing children's services
  • Conclusion
  • 10. Child protection and social work
  • Revisiting Governing the Family: Child Care, Child Protection and the Slate
  • The impact of the Maria Colwell scandal on child protection and social work
  • 'Folk devils' and the nature and impact of the 'moral panics'
  • Conclusion
  • 11. Moving beyond individualized child protection systems
  • The prevalence of child maltreatment
  • A public health approach
  • Recognizing rights, social harms and structural inequalities
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index