Poverty, inequality, child abuse and neglect: Changing the conversation across the UK in child protection?

Brid Featherstone, Kate Morris, Brigid Daniel, Paul Bywaters, Geraldine Brady, Lisa Bunting, Will Mason, Nughmana Mirza

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This article explores the evidence on the relationship between poverty, inequality and child abuse and neglect. It argues for the importance of developing further work on the implications of inequality, in particular, as this is a significantly underdeveloped area of study despite compelling evidence of its pertinence to the harms that children and their families experience. Drawing from the findings of a quantitative study that an ‘inverse intervention law’ appeared to be in operation with systematic unequal implications for children, the conceptual thinking behind a new qualitative study to explore why and how this law operates is explained. The implications for policy and practice are discussed in order to promote further debate about what is often a neglected or invisible aspect of child protection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Early online date16 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019


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