Journal Article

Why Gender Matters for <i>Every Child Matters</i>

Brigid Daniel, Brid Featherstone, Carol-Ann Hooper and Jonathan Scourfield

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 35, issue 8, pages 1343-1355
Published in print December 2005 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online September 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Why Gender Matters for Every Child Matters

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This article is a commentary on the Green Paper for children’s services in England: Every Child Matters. The focus of the discussion is the lack of gender analysis in the document. The article highlights the gendered character of contemporary parenting, and the failure of some of the proposals in the Green Paper to address this. There is also discussion of the need to appreciate the gendered character of childhood, and the implications of this for children’s services. The authors also argue the importance of using a gendered perspective to engage adequately with the causes and consequences of child maltreatment. The article ends with some recommendations for strengthening the gender analysis in the Green Paper.

Keywords: children; gender; policy; practice

Journal Article.  5268 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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