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Let’s stop feeding the risk monster: towards a social model of ‘child protection’

Featherstone, Brid, Gupta, Anna, Morris, Kate, Warner, Joanne (2016) Let’s stop feeding the risk monster: towards a social model of ‘child protection’. Families, Relationships and Societies, . ISSN 2046-7435. E-ISSN 2046-7443. (doi:10.1332/204674316X14552878034622)

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This article explores how the child protection system currently operates in England. It analyses how policy and practice has developed, and articulates the need for an alternative approach. It draws from the social model as applied in the fields of disability and mental health, to begin to sketch out more hopeful and progressive possibilities for children, families and communities. The social model specifically draws attention to the economic, environmental and cultural barriers faced by people with differing levels of (dis)ability, but has not been used to think about ‘child protection’, an area of work in England that is dominated by a focus on risk and risk aversion. This area has paid limited attention to the barriers to ensuring children and young people are cared for safely within families and communities, and the social determinants of much of the harms they experience have not been recognised because of the focus on individualised risk factors.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1332/204674316X14552878034622
Uncontrolled keywords: child protection; parenting; risk; social model
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Joanne Warner
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2016 12:40 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:40 UTC
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