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Protecting ChildrenA Social Model$
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Brid Featherstone, Anna Gupta, Kate Morris, and Sue White

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447332732

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447332732.001.0001

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Concluding thoughts

Concluding thoughts

Chapter:
(p.159) Nine Concluding thoughts
Source:
Protecting Children
Author(s):

Brid Featherstone

Anna Gupta

Kate Morris

Sue White

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447332732.003.0009

This concluding chapter argues that, in order to do differently, people need bigger conversations that involve those from a range of endeavours and disciplines and all those concerned with, and impacted by, child protection. In social work, talking about the relationship between child abuse, neglect, and poverty is currently framed by notions of reinforcing or avoiding stigmatising or oppressive generalisations. However, accepting that poverty means it is more likely that children may be harmed means the societal and individual value of reducing child and family poverty becomes clearer. Poverty is a child protection matter and social work needs a conversation about what this means for the knowledge base and everyday practices. The chapter then explores some possibilities for democratising conversations more generally.

Keywords:   child protection, social work, child abuse, neglect, poverty, child poverty, family poverty

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