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Child Protection Systems in the United Kingdom

A Comparative Analysis
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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.
  • Published: Nov 15 2011
  • Pages: 256
  • 228 x 153mm
  • ISBN: 9781849050678
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Press Reviews

  • Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law

    Very impressive book. It is certainly a book that should be read by those who are involved in the studying of child protection or involved in its practice... It is a very readable book took with the text written in a way that allows the reader to follow the logic of the authors. I certainly recommend its reading.
  • Professional Social Work.

    The book... sets out how, despite ever deepening devolution, England continues to set the context within which the developed nations operate. In essence, apart from the Scottish children hearings system, there is little to differentiate child protection policy and practice across the UK, though this may well change. As with all of Nigel Parton's work, this is an interesting and informative read.
  • Bernadette J Saunders, Department of Social Work, Monash University, Australia

    International Journal of Children's Rights
    It aims to provide insights that will help safeguard vulnerable children from abuse and neglect. (This) well-written book provides significant insights into selected child protection systems around the world... not only for policy makers by also for academics, researchers, child protection workers, and students.