Centre for Social Work Practice

Law, Science and Tragedy: The Impossible Task of Child Protection

Posted January 01, 2009


Andrew Cooper – January 2009

This paper was presented at the opening plenary of the Risk, Safety, Vulnerability, Protection conference held in Dundee on November 27th 2009.

The paper explores the history of child abuse ‘crises’ in Britain, our wider social response to these, and suggests that our professional systems have suffered as a result of difficulties in negotiating the boundaries between reason and unreason, certainty and uncertainty, that are inherent to the child protection task.



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