An Analysis of Child Abuse and Child Protection Work in Scotland

Gough, David Arthur (1993) An Analysis of Child Abuse and Child Protection Work in Scotland. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Child protection services are one of the most overt forms of state intervention into family life. After reviewing the background of child abuse and child protective services, the thesis provides a critical review of child abuse research and argues for the separation of research on the nature of child abuse behaviour and research into child protection practice and policy. It is argued that definitional issues are central to research in this area and so an analysis of the sub components of the concept of child abuse is provided. It is also argued that descriptive and analytic research into child protection practice can be used to provide feedback on the current largely implicit policies being practiced. A task for early studies is to develop a vocabulary for describing this work that can be applied by further more detailed studies or in future routine management information systems. An exploratory descriptive study of a whole population of cases of child protection for preschool children is presented as a contribution to this process.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: Margaret Reid
Keywords: Public policy, Social work
Date of Award: 1993
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1993-75286
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 21:20
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 21:20
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/75286

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