Child protection systems differ across the four countries of the United Kingdom, and understanding the differences provide important opportunities for learning and improving day-to-day practice. This authoritative book compares UK child protection systems with other systems world-wide as well as scrutinising and comparing the systems in different parts of the UK. Reflecting on the impact of devolution, the authors consider and critically analyse the way child protection systems are being developed, thought about and put into practice in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. An intra-country comparative approach is applied to the main features making up child protection including: policy frameworks, inter-agency guidance, the role of Local Safeguarding Children Boards and Area Child Protection Committees, child deaths and Serious Case Review processes, and vetting and barring legislation and systems. The authors also consider the unique position occupied by England and explore future directions for child protection across the UK.This important book will be of considerable interest to child welfare policy makers, academics, researchers, practitioners and students.
RELATED TOPICS: Political Science
Anne Stafford is Director of The University of Edinburgh/NSPCC Centre for UK-wide Learning in Child Protection (the Centre), University of Edinburgh, UK. She has worked in the areas of children and child protection policy and practice for many years and has written and researched extensively in this area. Nigel Parton is NSPCC Professor in Applied Childhood Studies, University of Huddersfield, UK and Visiting Professor at the Centre. He has been writing and researching in the areas of child protection and child welfare for over 30 years. Sharon Vincent is Research Fellow at the Centre and has been involved in research relating to child protection and child welfare for over 10 years. Connie Smith is Research and Policy Analyst at the Centre and has worked in policy and research both in the public and voluntary sectors for many years.
1. Introduction: About this Book. Part 1. Introduction and Context. 2. Contexts and Drivers of Policy Change in Child Protection across the UK. 3. Child Protection across the UK in an International Context. 4. Learning by Comparing: Some Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Conducting Comparative Research. Part 2. Child Protection Processes and Structures. 5. Policies and Procedures to Protect Children across the UK. 6. Managing Individual Cases where there are Child Protection Concerns. 7. Assessment Frameworks. 8. Child Death Review Processes. 9. Child Protection and Offender Management Systems across the UK.10. Summary and Conclusion: Child Protection across the UK. Appendix. References. Index.
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