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Risk, advanced liberalism and child welfare: the need to rediscover uncertainty and ambiguity

Parton, Nigel (1998) Risk, advanced liberalism and child welfare: the need to rediscover uncertainty and ambiguity. British Journal of Social Work, 28 (1). pp. 5-27. ISSN 0045-3102

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyse and reflect upon the current state of child welfare policy and practice and how this has changed over recent times. In the process it aims to make a contribution to the current debates on ‘the refocusing of children's services’. A central part of the argument is that new strategies have emerged which do not have as their central focus either meeting the needs of children or responding to child abuse, but the assessment and management of risk. In selecting such a focus, such developments are in danger of overlooking a central characteristic of policy and practice in terms of the pervasiveness of uncertainty and ambiguity. Not only do these characteristics need to be reorganized, but they need to be built on in order to take our thinking and practices forward.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2010 09:37
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2010 15:48
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/6700

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