A marriage made in hell: Early intervention meets child protection

Brid Featherstone, Kate Morris, Sue White

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In this article, we will argue for the moral legitimacy of support and its difference from intervention and the need to engage with and develop a family support project for the twenty-first century. We call for a debate on the current settlement between the state and family life and for a recognition that a perfect storm has ensued from the unholy alliance of early intervention and child protection. We will argue for a project that celebrates families' strengths as well as their vulnerabilities in the context of considerable adversities and (re) locates workers as agents of hope and support. We draw from a diverse set of literatures and disciplines to locate our arguments within a broader project occasioned by the economic crisis and questioning of the verities of neo-liberalism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1735-1749
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number7
Early online date19 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


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