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Prevention and protection: child protection in England

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Publication details

Title of host publicationNational Systems of Child Protection
DateAccepted/In press - Aug 2018
DatePublished (current) - 15 Aug 2018
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
EditorsLisa Merkel-Holguin, John Fluke, Richard Krugman
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-93348-1(e-book)


This chapter presents an analysis of the child protection system in England today. It begins with a discussion of how the policies and priorities which have shaped the system have developed over time and traces the ways in which policy has sought to balance the continuing tension at the heart of state intervention in family life, that is, the need to balance the needs and rights of children and the rights of parents. The chapter outlines the legal and institutional frameworks that underpin child protection activity today and examines the key policy principles that govern practice, including partnership with parents, the need to ensure stability and permanence for children removed from their parents and the associated need to avoid delay in decision-making. It then charts the current operation of the system through an analysis of patterns of intervention, including assessment, voluntary intervention, home-based support under a child protection plan and compulsory intervention in the form of court-ordered placement in out of home care. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the challenges that children, families and the English child welfare system currently face as a result of the government's austerity programme.

    Research areas

  • child protection, child abuse, child protection policy

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