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Policies and policing of child abuse

By David McCallum

Abstract

Child abuse, and deaths of the clients of child protection services, continues to plague welfare and justice systems in many parts of Australia. Legislative changes to child protection in Victoria have introduced new procedures for managing the state’s child protection services. Among its objectives, the legislation seeks to promote stable long-term care for children through timely and more efficient family interventions. This paper places these events in the historical context of recurring shifts in how the problem of child abuse is conceived and acted upon. It draws particular attention to new forms of power in relation to the policing of children and families, which promote individual responsibility for the underlying social arrangements affecting child maltreatment

Topics: School of Social Sciences and Psychology, 370000 Studies in Human Society, child abuse, government policies, legislation and law, public sociologies
Publisher: TASA
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.vu.edu.au:1527
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