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How child protection’s ‘investigative turn’ impacts on poor and deprived communities

Bilson, Andy, Featherstone, Brid and Martin, Katie (2017) How child protection’s ‘investigative turn’ impacts on poor and deprived communities. Family Law Journal, 47 (4). pp. 416-419. ISSN 0014-7281

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In recent years there have been major
changes in responses to children in need
with an ‘investigative turn’ because of
widening suspicion of abuse and neglect.
This turn is located within an increasingly
harsh policy context where support services
are being hollowed out at the same time as
more families are experiencing poverty and
its attendant pressures. This article examines
these changes in response to need and
outlines the ‘investigative turn’ which it is
argued results from a broadening of what is
considered reasonable cause to suspect
significant harm. It combines research data
to show that deprived families experience
significant levels of child protection
investigations questioning the efficacy of this
particularly when these families already
suffer high levels of need and shame.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Brigid Featherstone
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2017 15:54
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2018 13:32


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