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Understanding Children's Social Care: Politics, Policy and Practice

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Understanding Children's Social Care: Politics, Policy and Practice

Nick Frost & Nigel Parton

Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 20, 2013 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781446279489 | Print ISBN: 9781412923507 | Online ISBN: 9781446279489 | Publisher:SAGE Publications Ltd

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Chapter 4: Safeguarding, Child Protection and Children in Need

Safeguarding, child protection and children in need As we noted in the previous chapter, with the changes being introduced by the ECM: Change for Children programme social workers were to play ‘a distinct and vital role in safeguarding children from harm’ (DfES, 2004b: 5). The notion of ‘safeguarding’ is closely related to ideas about child protection and trying to prevent child abuse, activities which the media and general public have closely associated with social workers for many years (Franklin and Parton, 1989, 2001). At the same time, however, ‘safeguarding’ tries to overcome some of the problems with child protection practice identified in research and public inquiries and attempts to reframe how the issue is conceived. In this chapter we will look at how the idea of ‘safeguarding’ has developed and, in particular, analyse how it is seen to relate to its sister ideas of ‘child protection’ and ‘children in Chapter ...

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