Special Issue "Contemporary Developments in Child Protection"


A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Nigel Parton
Professor of Applied Childhood Studies, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, UK
Website: https://www.hud.ac.uk/ourstaff/profile/index.php?staffuid=shumnp
E-Mail: n.parton@hud.ac.uk
Interests: the political dimensions of social work; changes in child care policy and practice; the politics and practice of child protection; comparative child protection systems; social theory, social constructionism and social work; risk and social welfare

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The last forty years has witnessed increasing public, political and media concern about the problem of child maltreatment and what to do about it. This is now evident in most jurisdictions and is receiving serious attention from many international and trans-national organisations. While the (re)discovery of the problem in the USA in the 1960s was particularly associated with the ‘battered baby syndrome’ this has now broadened to include: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, abuse on the internet, child trafficking, sexual exploitation, and to effect all children and young people and not just young babies. Similarly the focus of attention has broadened from intra-familial abuse to abuse in a whole variety of settings including schools, day care, the church and the wider community. There has also been a broadening of concern from not simply protecting children and young people from serious harm but to also prevent the impairment of their health and development and to ensure that they are able to grow up in circumstances which are consistent with the provision of safe and effective care so that all children can achieve the best outcomes.

In the process the laws, policies, practices and systems which have been developed to try to identify and prevent child maltreatment have become much more wide-ranging and complex and have themselves been subject to continual criticism and review. Social workers, health and education workers, the police and other criminal justice workers as well as members of the wider community are all seen to have key roles to play in both protecting children and young people and assessing and monitoring actual and potential perpetrators.

While these issues have been subject to often heated and high profile media and political debate they have not received sustained analytic and research based attention in the social sciences. The issue of child protection is often seen as somewhat marginal to a whole range of social science disciplines.  The purpose of this Special Issue is to try and act as something of a corrective to this. It encourages the submission of papers from a wide range of disciplines including law, sociology, politics, criminology, psychology, anthropology, education, social work, social policy and gender studies as well as contributions which are cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary.

Professor Nigel Parton
Guest Editor


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  • child abuse
  • child protection
  • child maltreatment
  • public protection
  • the role of state, family and community
  • family support
  • social surveillance
  • risk to children

Published Papers (2 papers)

by  and
Soc. Sci. 2014, 3(3), 326-340; doi:10.3390/socsci3030326
Received: 28 May 2014; in revised form: 11 July 2014 / Accepted: 14 July 2014 / Published: 24 July 2014
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by , , , , ,  and
Soc. Sci. 2014, 3(3), 314-325; doi:10.3390/socsci3030314
Received: 19 March 2014; in revised form: 15 May 2014 / Accepted: 16 May 2014 / Published: 1 July 2014
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Last update: 6 November 2013

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