Constructive Child Protection Practice

An oxymoron or news of difference?

18 Aug 2006

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  • English


Child protection systems tend to be over-organized by fear of failure and dominated by the “big” voices of researchers, policy makers, academics and bureaucrats. In this environment constructive practice tends to be overlooked. Drawing on a case example from Gateshead, England, in this paper I argue that worker and client-defined, good practice in difficult cases is an invaluable and almost entirely disregarded resource for improving child protection services. Detailed inquiry into frontline-defined, constructive practice can provide significant news of difference in a usually problem-saturated system and redirect child protection intervention toward more human rather than technocratic outcomes.


Journal of Systemic Therapies, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2006, pp. 3–12

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