The central purpose of this book has been to make a contribution to understanding the contemporary nature of child protection work. In part it builds on our earlier studies (Parton, 1991; Thorpe, 1994; Wattam, 1992) and draws on conceptual and empirical work we have been developing for some years. In addition, however, it has aimed to engage with a variety of debates that are currently taking place in the UK, Australia and North America about the future direction of policy and practice in child protection.
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