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Child welfareHistorical dimensions, contemporary debate$
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Harry Hendrick

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344779

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344779.001.0001

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Optimism and liberalism: children of the welfare state, 1945–79

Optimism and liberalism: children of the welfare state, 1945–79

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Child welfare

Harry Hendrick

Policy Press

This chapter talks about the children of the welfare state from 1945 to 1979, starting with the Curtis Report that was published in 1946. The 1948 Children Act, the differences between deprivation and depravation, and the Ingleby Report are studied. The discussion then moves to the 1963 and 1969 versions of the Children and Young Persons Act, followed by the concept of ‘family service’ in the community from 1970 to 1975. Finally, the chapter introduces the concept of the ‘battered baby’ in the section on the rediscovery of child abuse in the 1960s.

Keywords:   Curtis Report, 1948 Children Act, deprivation, depravation, Ingleby Report, child abuse, family service, battered baby

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