Exploring inequities in child welfare and child protection services: explaining the 'inverse intervention law'

Bywaters, P., Brady, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-3431-6543, 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, 57, pp. 98-105. ISSN 0190-7409

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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.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Exploring inequities in child welfare
Publication Title: Children and Youth Services Review
Creators: Bywaters, P., Brady, G., Sparks, T., Bos, E., Bunting, L., Daniel, B., Featherstone, B., Morris, K. and Scourfield, J.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: October 2015
Volume: 57
ISSN: 0190-7409
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.07.017DOI
0190740915300256Publisher Item Identifier
1271076Other
Rights: Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 20 Jan 2020 14:32
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 14:32
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39013

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