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Participation in Child Protection

Theorizing Children’s Perspectives


  • Prioritises and amplifies children’s voices

  • Presents in-depth accounts of individual children’s experiences of the child protection system

  • Argues that the capitalist ideologies of individualism and welfare based paternalism permeate the actions of adults who work within the child protection system


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Mandy Duncan
    Pages 1-10
  3. The Perspectives of Children

  4. The Agency of Children and the Structural Conditions of Their Participation in Child Protection Interventions

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 211-214

About this book


There have long been doubts within social work about the viability of reconciling participatory practice with the statutory power that comes hand-in-hand with child protection work. This book explores this issue by proposing an original theory of children’s participation within statutory child protection interventions. It prioritises children’s voices through presentation of a wide collection of children’s experiences of the child protection system including three unique in-depth accounts.

Identifying the different ways in which children engage with professionals in the child protection process, Duncan explores why they act in the ways that they do. The book reveals why some children are sceptical participants or become disaffected with the system whilst others participate more positively within it.

Participation in Child Protection will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including social work, sociology, psychology, counselling, law and education, as well as child protection professionals such as social workers, child protection police officers, health visitors and teachers.



Children’s Participation sociology family state police social work children

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Staffordshire UniversityStoke-on-TrentUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Mandy Duncan is Senior Lecturer in Education and Childhood Studies at Staffordshire University, UK

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