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Title: Exploring inequities in child welfare and child protection services: explaining the ‘inverse intervention law’
Authors: Bywaters, Paul
Brady, Geraldine
Sparks, Tim
Bos, Elizabeth
Bunting, Lisa
Daniel, Brigid
Featherstone, Brid
Morris, Kate
Scourfield, Jonathan
Contact Email: b.m.daniel@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Child welfare
Child protection
Social inequity
Social policy
Issue Date: Oct-2015
Citation: Bywaters P, Brady G, Sparks T, Bos E, Bunting L, Daniel B, Featherstone B, Morris K & Scourfield J (2015) Exploring inequities in child welfare and child protection services: explaining the ‘inverse intervention law’, Children and Youth Services Review, 57, pp. 98-105.
Abstract: Attempts to record, understand and respond to variations in child welfare and protection reporting, service patterns and outcomes are international, numerous and longstanding. Reframing such variations as an issue of inequity between children and between families opens the way to a new approach to explaining the profound difference in intervention rates between and within countries and administrative districts. Recent accounts of variation have frequently been based on the idea that there is a binary division between bias and risk (or need). Here we propose seeing supply (bias) and demand (risk) factors as two aspects of a single system, both framed, in part, by social structures. A recent finding from a study of intervention rates in England, the ‘inverse intervention law’, is used to illustrate the complex ways in which a range of factors interact to produce intervention rates. In turn, this analysis raises profound moral, policy, practice and research questions about current child welfare and child protection services.
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.07.017
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. Accepted refereed manuscript of: Bywaters P, Brady G, Sparks T, Bos E, Bunting L, Daniel B, Featherstone B, Morris K & Scourfield J (2015) Exploring inequities in child welfare and child protection services: explaining the ‘inverse intervention law’, Children and Youth Services Review, 57, pp. 98-105. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.07.017 © 2015, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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