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Safeguarding, Child Protection and Children in Need
Safeguarding, child protection and children in need

As we noted in the previous chapter, with the changes being introduced by the ECM: Change for Children programme social workers were to play ‘a distinct and vital role in safeguarding children from harm’ (DfES, 2004b: 5). The notion of ‘safeguarding’ is closely related to ideas about child protection and trying to prevent child abuse, activities which the media and general public have closely associated with social workers for many years (Franklin and Parton, 1989, 2001). At the same time, however, ‘safeguarding’ tries to overcome some of the problems with child protection practice identified in research and public inquiries and attempts to reframe how the issue is conceived. In this chapter we ...

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