Challenging Child Protection
Release Date:21 Aug 2015

Challenging Child Protection

New Directions in Safeguarding Children

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Challenging Child Protection offers a ground-breaking new perspective which will illuminate and improve the professional understanding and practice of social workers and child protection workers.

Taking a fresh look at the principles underlying child protection, this book provides a thought-provoking analysis of the evidence base which underpins professional understanding and intervention. It outlines the ways in which agencies have worked to prevent child abuse and neglect and traces key changes in UK policy, as well as situating these amid wider trends in Europe. With contributions from a wide variety of disciplines, including philosophy and anthropology, this is a uniquely diverse collection of academic perspectives.

This book challenges our conceptions of child protection and encourages readers to think critically about why children are harmed by adults, how society views child abuse and how this informs practice.

Waterhouse and McGhee tackle unconventional issues in child protection with authority and sensitivity. They challenge us to re-imagine our conceptualisations of child protection, daring us to deconstruct and then reconstruct an understanding of how we might approach protecting children from abuse and neglect.

– Professor Julie Taylor, Chair of the Child Protection Research Centre, University of Edinburgh

With highly esteemed international contributors, this collection seeks to trouble some of the current settlements about child protection and family welfare and also to provide clear practice and policy relevance. This is achieved through the inclusion of 'practice near' research findings and open-minded engagement with the recurrent and vexing questions in this morally contentious domain.

– Sue White, Professor of Social Work (Children and Families), Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham

Lorraine Waterhouse is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at Edinburgh University. Janice McGhee is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at Edinburgh University.
Introduction. Part 1. Challenge One: Examining Preconceptions About Childhood and Harm to Children. Chapter 1. Treatment of Childhood, Professor Walter Lorenz, Free University of Bozen-Bolsano. Chapter 2. Dynamics of Culture, Dr. Heather Montgomery, Open University. Chapter 3. Rule of Law, Professor Kay Tisdall, The University of Edinburgh. Chapter 4. Armed Conflict and Political Violence, Dr. Jason Hart, University of Bath. Part 2. Challenge Two: Reviewing the Evidence. Chapter 5. Ethics of Predictive Risk Modelling, Associate Professor Tim Dare, University of Auckland. Chapter 6. Safeguarding Children Research from a United Kingdom Perspective, Dr. Trevor Spratt, Queen's University of Belfast. Chapter 7. Research in Child Abuse and Neglect from a Finnish Context, Tarja Poso, University of Tampere. Chapter 8. Developments in Australian Child Protection Research, Dr. Fiona Arney, Associate Professor Leah Bromfield and Research Assistant Stewart McDougall, University of South Australia. Chapter 9. Advances from Public Health Research, Dr. Melissa O'Donnell, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. Part 3. Challenge Three: How to Work with Children and Families. Chapter 10. Integrating Family Support and Child Protection in Child Neglect, Professor Brigid Daniel, University of Stirling. Chapter 11. Practitioner-mother Relationships and the Processes That Blind Them, Lorraine Waterhouse and Janice McGhee. Chapter 12. Emotional and Relational Capacities for Doing Child Protection, Professor Andrew Cooper, Tavistock Centre and University of East London. References. Index.
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