Facing failures in the child protection system in England

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An explanation of the various systems operating in England to investigate and review child deaths including serious case reviews, and child death reviews and their development and legal proceedings alleging negligence. The paper argues that the increasing proceduralisation of child protection creates a framework for identifying failure and allocating blame which undermines rather than supports good practice. This is particularly the case in the increased evidence on litigation. The close analysis of individual cases, either for serious case reviews or in litigation cannot provide a strong foundation for developing procedures or practice. Rather more emphasis should be given to research as a basis for training or development. Both the recent Laming Inquiries are examples of the weakness of single cases as a basis for reform
Translated title of the contributionFacing failures in the child protection system in England
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChild protection in Europe
EditorsMüller , Regine , Nüsken , Dirk
PublisherWaxmann Verlag
Pages289 - 306
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783830924036
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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