From welfare to risk? the changing face of child protection

Wicks, David Charles (2012) From welfare to risk? the changing face of child protection. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation undertakes a critical examination of governmental discourses around child protection, by analysing three recent reports into aspects of the child protection system: Lord Laming’s ‘Progress Report’ of 2009 (commissioned in consequence of the ‘Baby P’ Case); Dame Eileen Munro’s 2011 review of child protection in England and Wales; and the final report of the Family Justice Council (chaired by David Norgrove) into the family court system in England and Wales. It adopts a Foucauldian discourse analysis, to uncover the underlying assumptions, or ‘regimes of truth’, within these reports, with a view to ascertaining both continuities and discontinuities in discourses around child protection.
    The dissertation argues that there remains an unresolved tension between what is stated to be the almost self-evident importance of the family, and of the child’s right to be brought up in his or her family, and the need for State intervention in the family to remove the child from the risk of abuse, whether physical or psychological. This tension, it is argued, is almost sidestepped by the underlying discourses of the three reports, and the way in which both children and parents are objectified. The emphasis continues to be on ‘targets’, ‘performance indicators’, ‘audit trails’ and the like, with no attempt to examine or question whether this managerial or commercial approach is apt when it comes to child protection.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 11:43
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:16

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