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Dirty science and murky law (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2018, December). Dirty science and murky law. Paper presented at Dirty Science and Murky Law

This invited research seminar at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia explores the 'murky science' of risk prediction in relation to familial abuse, and the 'dirty law' enabling the State's response to it.

The politics of food in child removal cases (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L. (2018, December). The politics of food in child removal cases. Paper presented at Sociological Association of Aotearoa, New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference 2018: The Future is in the Past

The recent ‘ACE movement’ (adverse childhood experience) is founded on a study of obese adults, noting that dysfunctional relationships with food can be rooted in trauma. Although relationships with food are noted in research to be problematic for s... Read More about The politics of food in child removal cases.

'Dirty science': Big data, algorithms & social work prediction systems (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L. (2018, December). 'Dirty science': Big data, algorithms & social work prediction systems. Paper presented at Sociological Association of Aotearoa, New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference 2018: The Future is in the Past

Technological advances enable big data and its use in creating ‘predictive algorithms’, used to socially engineer and further political agendas. Welfare ideology in the UK operates in a climate of considerable political chaos and uncertainty, econom... Read More about 'Dirty science': Big data, algorithms & social work prediction systems.

The ethics of state child removal for risk (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L. (2018, September). The ethics of state child removal for risk. Paper presented at Transparency Project Conference 2018: Risk of Future Emotional Harm, Justified Grounds to Remove Children?

In the UK, Local Authorities have a duty to investigate a reasonable suspicion of harm, or the risk of it. This paper discusses the ethics of State child removal when no harm has taken place but a probabilistic determination is made that harm is lik... Read More about The ethics of state child removal for risk.

Rethinking the welfare/policing dichotomy: Reflections from England (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2017, December). Rethinking the welfare/policing dichotomy: Reflections from England. Paper presented at Respect Existence or Expect Resistance

In England, the State’s role in child protection social work practice is paternalistic and rights focussed. A neo-liberal ideology is evident via policies promoting ‘innovation’. The UK government devolves powers enabling each local authority to us... Read More about Rethinking the welfare/policing dichotomy: Reflections from England.

Submission to the open consultation by HM Government: Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect (2017)
Report
Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2017). Submission to the open consultation by HM Government: Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect

This submission is presented by Dr Lauren Devine, Associate Professor of Jurisprudence, and Mr Stephen Parker, Senior Law Lecturer, Centre for Applied Legal Research, University of the West of England, Bristol. We are Principal and Co-Investigator o... Read More about Submission to the open consultation by HM Government: Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect.

Rethinking child protection strategy: Findings from an analysis of key areas of child protection and safeguarding strategy (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2017, July). Rethinking child protection strategy: Findings from an analysis of key areas of child protection and safeguarding strategy. Paper presented at Changing Lives Workshop

This invited presentation was delivered at Pembroke College, Oxford at the 'Changing Lives Workshop' 10th July 2017. This multi-disciplinary workshop was jointly organised by the University of Oxford and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Rethinking child protection strategy: Exploring the limits of State power and private rights in respect of the adequacy of child protection and safeguarding complaint processes and legal remedies (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L. (2017, June). Rethinking child protection strategy: Exploring the limits of State power and private rights in respect of the adequacy of child protection and safeguarding complaint processes and legal remedies. Paper presented at 7th World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights: Justice and Equality stream

When families are referred to local authority children’s social care departments the State has considerable power to intervene into private family life in order to establish whether a child meets the s.47 Children Act 1989 threshold of whether they a... Read More about Rethinking child protection strategy: Exploring the limits of State power and private rights in respect of the adequacy of child protection and safeguarding complaint processes and legal remedies.

Rethinking child protection strategy: Exploring the limits of State power and private rights in respect of the adequacy of child protection and safeguarding complaint processes and legal remedies (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L. (2017, June). Rethinking child protection strategy: Exploring the limits of State power and private rights in respect of the adequacy of child protection and safeguarding complaint processes and legal remedies. Paper presented at 7th World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights: Justice and Equality stream

The paper explains the findings of research from Rethinking Child Protection Strategy (funded by the ESRC, grant number ES/M000990/1). The paper argues that the longitudinal data relating to the outcomes of child protection referrals and assessments... Read More about Rethinking child protection strategy: Exploring the limits of State power and private rights in respect of the adequacy of child protection and safeguarding complaint processes and legal remedies.

Rethinking child protection strategy: Designing a sustainable framework for children’s social care referrals and assessments' (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2017, May). Rethinking child protection strategy: Designing a sustainable framework for children’s social care referrals and assessments'. Paper presented at Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA) Conference 2017

This paper draws on the results of our two year Economic and Social Research Council funded project 'Rethinking Child Protection Strategy', explaining the project, its findings and their use in designing a sustainable framework around the growing num... Read More about Rethinking child protection strategy: Designing a sustainable framework for children’s social care referrals and assessments'.

Rethinking child protection strategy: Progress and next steps (2017)
Journal Article
Devine, L. (2017). Rethinking child protection strategy: Progress and next steps

This paper explores the findings from the Economic and Social Research Council funded project ‘Rethinking Child Protection Strategy’ together with our proposals for next steps. Our findings indicate that the current strategy requires urgent review a... Read More about Rethinking child protection strategy: Progress and next steps.

The Limits of State Power & Private Rights: Exploring Child Protection & Safeguarding Referrals and Assessments (2017)
Book
Devine, L. (2017). The Limits of State Power & Private Rights: Exploring Child Protection & Safeguarding Referrals and Assessments. UK: Routledge

This book tackles a complex area of law, social policy and social work, providing a comprehensive analysis of the theoretical, practical and legal boundaries of State power following safeguarding and child protection referrals in England. The book ex... Read More about The Limits of State Power & Private Rights: Exploring Child Protection & Safeguarding Referrals and Assessments.

'Rethinking child protection strategy': Causes and consequences of children in the care system (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2017, February). 'Rethinking child protection strategy': Causes and consequences of children in the care system. Paper presented at Invited workshop

An invited workshop presentation for Family Policymakers and Analysts at the Ministry of Justice. The presentation covers the final data and theoretical findings from 'Rethinking Child Protection Strategy' (ESRC grant number ES/M000990/1) together w... Read More about 'Rethinking child protection strategy': Causes and consequences of children in the care system.

Making the case for rethinking child protection strategy (2016)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L. (2016, December). Making the case for rethinking child protection strategy. Paper presented at Contemporary Issues in Social Work Public Lecture Series

Dr Devine’s two year study considered child protection & safeguarding referral and assessment strategy, including longitudinal evaluation of the consequences of policies intended to detect and address child abuse. The study also evaluated the consequ... Read More about Making the case for rethinking child protection strategy.

The adequacy of remedies in respect of unsubstantiated allegations of child abuse (2016)
Journal Article
Devine, L. (2017). The adequacy of remedies in respect of unsubstantiated allegations of child abuse. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 29(1),

The rationale for the need for the State to intervene to protect children from abuse focusses on the welfare of the child. Less attention is given to the ramifications for parents who are suspected of abuse, but where no evidence of abuse is found, o... Read More about The adequacy of remedies in respect of unsubstantiated allegations of child abuse.

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

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 expl... Read More about Making the case for 'Rethinking Child Protection Strategy'.

Where do we go from here? (2016)
Journal Article
Devine, L. (2016). Where do we go from here?. Professional Social Work, July16, 23-24

Dr Lauren Devine, a leading researcher on child protection, calls for a shift away from ‘risk prediction’ policies to enabling professionals to work together with families in the spirit of the Children Act 1989

Risk and (un)reliability in child protection and safeguarding (2016)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2016, July). Risk and (un)reliability in child protection and safeguarding. Paper presented at Public Debate 21 July 2016 : Is our child protection system too risk adverse?

This paper is a summary of evidence given by the expert panel at the Public engagement event held at Bristol Family Justice Centre, 21st July 2016. This event debated the motion ‘Is the child protection system too risk adverse?’ The expert panel con... Read More about Risk and (un)reliability in child protection and safeguarding.

Rethinking child protection strategy: Progress and next steps (2016)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L. (2016, June). Rethinking child protection strategy: Progress and next steps. Presented at Transparency Project Conference: Where do we go from here?

This keynote paper presents a summary of the research underpinning the ESRC funded project 'Rethinking Child Protection Strategy', progress on the project and the proposed next steps. The paper focusses on the impact of s.11 Children Act 2004 and re... Read More about Rethinking child protection strategy: Progress and next steps.

Key interim findings from transformative research: Rethinking child protection strategy (2016)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L. (2016, February). Key interim findings from transformative research: Rethinking child protection strategy. Paper presented at Economic and Social Research Council Presentation Workshop

This presentation gives an overview of interim key findings from the transformative funded project, 'Rethinking Child Protection Strategy'. The aim of the project is to evaluate the justification for current intervention strategy in relation to chil... Read More about Key interim findings from transformative research: Rethinking child protection strategy.


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