Special Issue "Child Protection and Child Welfare"
A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2021.
This special edition of the open access journal Societies (ISSN 2075-4698) is concerned with the interface between child welfare and child protection. In Anglophone countries, child protection systems are at something of a crossroads. The template for child protection has changed little since the 1960s, and there is significant debate internationally over the need for a paradigm shift. Furthermore, the targeting of problem families as the source of social ills connects with liberal politics, the capitalist social form, and the eugenic populationist approaches to poverty that emerged in the late nineteenth century.
Recent research has delivered clear evidence that the notify, detect and assess model of statutory child protection delivers unequal outcomes in terms of gender, class and racial bias in societies characterized by social and economic inequality. State care during the latter half of the twentieth century delivered a damaging legacy that continues to echo in the present. These disturbing patterns beg critical questions about the design of child welfare services, including the way that authority is distributed between the state and communities of interest, the balance between support services and coercive intervention, and the relationship with wider policies of economic distribution and community empowerment. The future of policy and practice will also be impacted by the intervention possibilities that arise from the analysis of population datasets and the use and abuse of algorithmic governance.
Child welfare and child protection initiatives are politically located and contested. Globally, systems of child protection are developing in response to local and regional needs and changing perceptions about children’s rights during a period of rapid social and economic change, including the suffering and insecurity generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The construction—or reconstruction—of child protection systems in this context potentially provides an opportunity to learn from the past and opens the possibility for progressive research-informed development. This should provoke wider debate about the nature and function of social work in relation to child wellbeing, including the role of the profession in responding to individual needs and systemic disadvantages.
Contributors are invited to submit research-based articles and/or academic commentary pieces between 4000 and 6000 words in length that address some of the questions arising from the above and begin to explore fresh visions in the design of child welfare and child protection practice in national and/or global contexts.
The contributions must follow one of the three categories (article/review/conceptual paper) of papers for the journal and address the topic of the Special Issue.
Dr. Ian Kelvin Hyslop
Manuscript Submission Information
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- child welfare
- child protection
- children’s rights