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The Politics of Children's Services Reform: Re-examining Two Decades of Policy Change

Carl Purcell


Comparative research has identified two broad types of child welfare system. In child protection systems the principal remit of welfare agencies is to identify and respond to actual or potential incidences of child abuse or maltreatment. In contrast family service systems are characterised by a stronger spirit of partnership between the state and families and an emphasis on working to prevent the need for coercive state intervention. This book examines the development of children’s services reform in England over recent decades to explain a shift from family service polices towards a narrower ... More

Keywords: Child welfare, Child protection, Child and family social workers, Children’s services, Child abuse inquiries, Victoria Climbié, Baby P

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447348764
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447348764.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl Purcell, author
King's College London