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.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Children and Youth Services Review|
|Early online date||16 Jun 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2019|
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- Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences - Professor in Social Work
- School of Human and Health Sciences
- Just Futures Centre - Associate Director
- None in Three Centre for the Global Prevention of Gender-based Violence