Inequalities in child welfare intervention rates: the intersection of deprivation and identity: child welfare inequalities: deprivation, identity

Bywaters, P., Brady, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-3431-6543, Sparks, T. and Bos, E., 2016. Inequalities in child welfare intervention rates: the intersection of deprivation and identity: child welfare inequalities: deprivation, identity. Child & Family Social Work, 21 (4), pp. 452-463. ISSN 1356-7500

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Abstract

Child welfare systems internationally exhibit very large inequalities in a variety of dimensions of practice, for example, in rates of child protection plans or registrations and out‐of‐home care. Previous research in the midlands region of England (Bywaters; Bywaters et al.) has detailed key aspects of the relationship between levels of neighbourhood deprivation and intervention rates. This paper reports further evidence from the study examining the intersection of deprivation with aspects of identity: gender, disability, ethnicity and age. Key findings include a decreasing gender gap and a decreasing proportion of children in need reported to be disabled as deprivation increases. The data challenge the perception that black children are more likely than white to be in out‐of‐home care, a finding that only holds if the much higher level of deprivation among black children is not taken into account. Similarly, after controlling for deprivation and age, Asian children were found to be up to six times less likely to be in out‐of‐home care. The study requires replication and extension in order that observed inequalities are tested and explained. Urgent ethical, research, policy and practice issues are raised about child welfare systems.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Inequalities in child welfare intervention rates
Publication Title: Child & Family Social Work
Creators: Bywaters, P., Brady, G., Sparks, T. and Bos, E.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Date: November 2016
Volume: 21
Number: 4
ISSN: 1356-7500
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1111/cfs.12161DOI
1271108Other
Rights: © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 20 Jan 2020 14:46
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 14:59
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39014

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