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Hans-Uwe Otto, Melanie Walker, and Holger Ziegler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447334316

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447334316.001.0001

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The capability approach: what can it offer child protection policy and practice in England?

The capability approach: what can it offer child protection policy and practice in England?

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(p.183) Ten The capability approach: what can it offer child protection policy and practice in England?
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Capability-Promoting Policies
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Brid Featherstone

Anna Gupta

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447334316.003.0010

This chapter examines what the capability approach can contribute to child protection policy and practice in England as an alternative conceptual framework for social work that challenges the dominance of neoliberal ideology in ways consistent with the promotion of human rights and social justice. After providing an overview of the historical and political contexts of child protection policy in England, the chapter considers the ways poverty and parenting are constructed in the dominant discourses as well as the policies and practices that have developed within this context. It also analyses the impact of interventions on parents and argues that contemporary child protection policy and practice in England is based on a narrow approach to child and family welfare and the role of social work. It concludes with recommendations for policy and practice that aims to promote greater social justice.

Keywords:   capability approach, child protection policy, England, social work, human rights, social justice, poverty, parenting, child welfare, family welfare

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