Child Protection Systems in the United Kingdom: A Comparative Analysis

Anne Stafford, Nigel Parton, Sharon Vincent, Connie Smith

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Child protection systems differ across the four countries of the United Kingdom, and understanding the differences provide important opportunities for learning and improving day-to-day practice.

This authoritative book compares UK child protection systems with other systems world-wide as well as scrutinising and comparing the systems in different parts of the UK. Reflecting on the impact of devolution, the authors consider and critically analyse the way child protection systems are being developed, thought about and put into practice in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. An intra-country comparative approach is applied to the main features making up child protection including: policy frameworks, inter-agency guidance, the role of Local Safeguarding Children Boards and Area Child Protection Committees, child deaths and Serious Case Review processes, and vetting and barring legislation and systems. The authors also consider the unique position occupied by England and explore future directions for child protection across the UK.

This important book will be of considerable interest to child welfare policy makers, academics, researchers, practitioners and students.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherJessica Kingsley Publications
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)9780857002549
ISBN (Print)9781849050678
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2011


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