Over the last 40 years, we have witnessed an increasing public and political interest in the problem of child maltreatment and the failures of the relevant agencies and professionals to protect children. No longer is this only concerned with parental cruelty to young children but includes concerns about a range of harms to children and young people of all ages in a variety of contexts and situations. Most recently, this has included, for example, huge concern about child sexual exploitation. Such issues have become increasingly emotionally charged and politicised in recent years. However, the focus of much of the ‘outrage’ has been on the failures of the child protection systems rather than seriously addressing the social problem of child maltreatment and what might be done about it. Similarly, child-abuse scandals have become something of a proxy for numerous debates about a range of political issues concerned with the work of a variety of health, welfare and criminal justice professionals and their managers together with arguments about the nature and direction of social policy more generally. This chapter will critically analyse such developments and demonstrate how they have been central to informing the way conceptions of childhood have been constructed in contemporary Britain.
|Title of host publication||Transdiscplinary Perspectives on Childhood in Contemporary Britain|
|Subtitle of host publication||Literature, Media and Society|
|Editors||Sandra Dinter, Ralf Schneider|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Nov 2017|
|Name||Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present|
Parton, N. (2017). The Politics of Child Protection in Contemporary England: Towards the ‘Authoritarian Neoliberal State’. In S. Dinter, & R. Schneider (Eds.), Transdiscplinary Perspectives on Childhood in Contemporary Britain: Literature, Media and Society (pp. 193-211). (Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present). Routledge.