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Making the case for 'Rethinking Child Protection Strategy'

Devine, Lauren



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.


Devine, L. (2016, September). Making the case for 'Rethinking Child Protection Strategy'. Paper presented at Critical Perspectives on Child Protection Seminars

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Critical Perspectives on Child Protection Seminars
Start Date Sep 13, 2016
End Date Sep 13, 2016
Acceptance Date Sep 13, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords child protection, safeguarding, trends, prevalence, serious case reviews, public inquiries, risk prediction
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Critical Perspectives on Child Protection Seminars


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