Child Protection Reform across the UK

Child Protection Reform across the UK

Child Protection Reform across the UK

Child Protection Reform across the UK


In recent years, there have been significant policy shifts in relation to safeguarding children/child protection in the UK, with each region of the UK engaged in its own program of reform. Devolution has added a new dynamic to these developments. This book outlines recent developments in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Channel Islands. The book concludes with a chapter in which the editors compare and contrast the various reform programs across the UK, and it considers the extent to which child protection policy is converging or diverging. Intended as a resource for academics, policy makers, and those who are training to work with children, young people, and their families, the book provides an invaluable oversight to the origins of the UK's child protection policies.


Services to safeguard and protect children are underpinned by complex systems of legislation, guidance, regulations and procedures. These systems are not the same in different parts of the uk. Each part of the uk has undergone considerable reform in relation to safeguarding and protecting children over the last decade, with some parts of the uk having introduced new legislation, policy and structures to better protect children, strengthen local cooperation and increase accountability.

This chapter provides a brief overview of the different approaches to safeguarding and protecting children across the uk, concentrating in particular on the recent period of reform. It compares and contrasts policies, legislation and procedures in different parts of the uk and identifies common themes as well as differences. It focuses on systems in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but acknowledges that approaches to safeguarding may vary in other parts of the uk, such as the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Overarching children’s policy and outcomes frameworks

It is not possible to separate policy and practice to safeguard and protect children from the wider policy context surrounding child welfare. Each . . .

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