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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Politics of Child Protection

Contemporary Developments and Future Directions

ISBN 9781137269294
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

How has policy shaped the role of social workers and other professionals in protecting children and young people? Combining historical detail with sharp critical analysis, leading commentator Nigel Parton presents an overview of the complex field of child protection, from its emergence in the 19th Century to the Munro Review of 2011.

Nigel Parton is Professor in Applied Childhood Studies at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He is the author of many books, including The Politics of Child Abuse, Governing the Family and Safeguarding Childhood.

1.The Politics of Child Protection: An Introduction
2. Children's Services in the Postwar Period
3. New Labour, Children and Childhood
4. The 'Every Child Matters' Agenda and Beyond
5. The Tragedy of Baby Peter Connolly and its Effects
6. Central Government Guidance and Child Abuse: 1974-2010
7. 'Social Breakdown', the 'Big Society' and the Conservative-led Coalition Government
8. Reforming Child Protection: A Child-Centred System?
9. Child Welfare Reform and the Authoritarian Neoliberal State
10. Child Protection and Social Work
11. Moving Beyond Individualized Child Protection Systems


Nigel Parton has provided another of his insightful, well-researched and theoretically informed studies which will no doubt provide an indispensable roadmap for people striving to understand and work within the complexities of the child protection system' - Nick Frost, Professor of Social Work, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
'A brilliant, thought provoking and very readable analysis of the politics of child protection in contemporary society. This book is essential reading for policy makers, professionals and all people currently working and training to work in children's services.' – Lorraine Radford, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Central Lancashire, UK
'An excellent analysis of the changes in the family-State relationship behind developments in child protection services, ending with some positive ideas for reform.' - Eileen Munro, Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics, UK
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