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Child protection systems in the United Kingdom: a comparative analysis

Child protection systems in the United Kingdom: a comparative analysis

Stafford, Anne

This authoritative book compares UK child protection systems with other systems world-wide as well as scrutinising and comparing the systems in different parts of the UK

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Jessica Kingsley, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: Anne Stafford ... [et al.]
ISBN: 1849050678, 9781849050678
Intended audience: Specialized.
Physical Description: 256 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Child welfare Great Britain.; Child welfare Cross-cultural studies.; United Kingdom; Society.; Child welfare


  1. Introduction: About this Book. Part
  2. Introduction and Context.
  3. Contexts and Drivers of Policy Change in Child Protection across the UK.
  4. Child Protection across the UK in an International Context.
  5. Learning by Comparing: Some Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Conducting Comparative Research. Part
  6. Child Protection Processes and Structures.
  7. Policies and Procedures to Protect Children across the UK.
  8. Managing Individual Cases where there are Child Protection Concerns.
  9. Assessment Frameworks.
  10. Child Death Review Processes.
  11. Child Protection and Offender Management Systems across the UK.
  12. Summary and Conclusion: Child Protection across the UK. Appendix. References. Index.

Author note

Anne Stafford is Director of The University of Edinburgh/NSPCC Centre for UK-wide Learning in Child Protection (the Centre), University of Edinburgh, UK. She has worked in the areas of children and child protection policy and practice for many years and has written and researched extensively in this area. Nigel Parton is NSPCC Professor in Applied Childhood Studies, University of Huddersfield, UK and Visiting Professor at the Centre. He has been writing and researching in the areas of child protection and child welfare for over 30 years. Sharon Vincent is Research Fellow at the Centre and has been involved in research relating to child protection and child welfare for over 10 years. Connie Smith is Research and Policy Analyst at the Centre and has worked in policy and research both in the public and voluntary sectors for many years.


Very impressive book. It is certainly a book that should be read by those who are involved in the studying of child protection or involved in its practice... It is a very readable book took with the text written in a way that allows the reader to follow the logic of the authors. I certainly recommend its reading.||The book... sets out how, despite ever deepening devolution, England continues to set the context within which the developed nations operate. In essence, apart from the Scottish children hearings system, there is little to differentiate child protection policy and practice across the UK, though this may well change. As with all of Nigel Parton's work, this is an interesting and informative read.||It aims to provide insights that will help safeguard vulnerable children from abuse and neglect. (This) well-written book provides significant insights into selected child protection systems around the world... not only for policy makers by also for academics, researchers, child protection workers, and students.
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