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Chapter 4: Safeguarding Children: Contemporary Policy and Practice

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Safeguarding Children: Contemporary Policy and Practice
Safeguarding children: Contemporary policy and practice

In this, the first of two chapters on child maltreatment, our aim is to examine the way in which state interventions in the cause of ‘child protection’ have evolved since the passing of the Children Act 1989. This will entail consideration of both policy frameworks and processes of intervention and their wider social and political contexts, including the influence of the media and child maltreatment inquiries. A particular concern will be to explore the ways in which maltreatment is socially constructed and often highly contested in its meanings and parameters.

Child Maltreatment – A Social Construction?

It has become commonplace to acknowledge the socially constructed nature of child maltreatment. However, this is open to different interpretations. ...

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