This book introduces the inter-disciplinary study of childhood and youth and the multi-agency practice of professionals who serve the needs of children, young people and their families. Exploring key theories and central ideas, research methodology, policy and practice, it takes a holistic, contextual approach that values difference and diversity. It examines concepts such as identity, representation, creativity and discourse and issues such as ethnicity, gender and the ‘childhood in crisis’ thesis. Furthermore, it challenges opinion by exploring complex and controversial modern-day issues, and by engaging with a range of perspectives to highlight debates within the field.

Policy into Practice—Working with Children in Need of Protection

Policy into Practice—Working with Children in Need of Protection

Policy into practice—Working with children in need of protection
GeoffTookey and AmandaWawryn

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • recognise the roles and responsibilities of professionals involved with child protection;
  • understand the importance of information-sharing and collaborative working between agencies;
  • identify government legislation on child protection issues;
  • debate how to translate policy into effective practice;
  • distinguish between different levels of intervention.


This chapter begins by focusing on the inquiry into the death of Ainlee Labonte and examines the roles, responsibilities and expectations of professionals directly involved with this case. Accountability is brought to the fore and positioned within government legislation that aims to reconfigure agencies involved with the protection of children into collaborative partnerships. How Ainlee Labonte ‘slipped through ...

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