Poverty, child protection and the care system
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In the episode, we discuss poverty, child protection and the care system. This episode was recorded in April 2017.

The experts
Paul Bywaters
Professor of social work at the University of Huddersfield and emeritus professor at Coventry University.

Andy Bilson
Professor of social work at the University of Central Lancashire and adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia.

The podcast
Start – 16:30
Paul Bywaters discusses his research into deprivation and child welfare intervention rates.

16:31 – 43:30
Andy Bilson discusses research looking at child protection referalls and investigations, which found that before their fifth birthday, one in five of all children in England have been referred to children’s services.

34:31 – end
Andy Bilson discusses trends in adoption and special guardianship.

Bilson, A (2017)
Written submission to BASW’s Adoption Enquiry

Bilson, A and Martin, K E C (2016)
‘Referrals and Child Protection in England: One in Five Children Referred to Children’s Services and One in Nineteen Investigated before the Age of Five’
British Journal of Social Work (online)

Bilson, A; Featherstone, B and Martin, K.(2017)
‘How child protection’s ‘investigative turn’ impacts on poor and deprived communities’
Family Law, Volume 47, pp316-319

Bywaters, P (2017)
Identifying and Understanding Inequalities in Child Welfare Intervention Rates: comparative studies in four UK countries. Briefing paper 1: England
Nuffield Foundation

Bywaters, P; Brady, G; Sparks, T; Bos, E; Bunting, L; Daniel, B; Featherstone, B; Morris, K and Scourfield, J (2015)
‘Exploring inequities in child welfare and child protection services: Explaining the “inverse intervention law.”’
Children and Youth Services Review, Volume 57, pp98-105

Bywaters, P; Bunting, L; Davidson, G; Hanratty, J; Mason, W; McCartan, C; Steils, N (2016)
The relationship between poverty, child abuse and neglect: an evidence review
Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Harries, M; Cant, R L; Bilson, A and Thorpe, D (2014)
‘Responding to information about children in adversity: Ten years of a differential response model in Western Australia’
Child Abuse and Neglect (online)
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