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Policing parents, protecting children? Rethinking Child Protection Strategy: Initial findings from trend data

Devine, Lauren

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This paper discusses the findings from our trend analysis of child protection and safeguarding referral and assessment data. This analysis is the first phase of our ESRC funded research project, ‘Rethinking Child Protection Strategy’. The project evaluates several key aspects of the child protection and safeguarding system, including the development of child protection legislation with the implementation of the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004, and related policy and the statutory guidance, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’. Our trend data analysis indicates a policy re-think in relation to the outcomes of referral and assessment in the context of existing child abuse prevalence studies. The trend for referral and assessment is significantly increasing but there is no proportionate increase in the detection of child abuse, nor is there any reduction in the prevalence of child abuse reported by the NSPCC that could be explained by the referral and assessment data.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Seen and Heard
Print ISSN 1744-1072
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 3
Institution Citation Devine, L. (2015). Policing parents, protecting children? Rethinking Child Protection Strategy: Initial findings from trend data
Keywords child protection, safeguarding, ESRC, Rethinking Child Protection Strategy, policing parents, protecting children
Publisher URL http://www.nagalro.com/seen-and-heard-journal/seen-and-heard.aspx

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