Journal Article

Placing Children on Child Protection Registers: Risk Indicators and Local Authority Differences

DAVID GORDON and JANE GIBBONS

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 28, issue 3, pages 423-436
Published in print June 1998 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 1998 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011348
Placing Children on Child Protection Registers: Risk Indicators and Local Authority Differences

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Wide variation in rates of children on protection registers in different authorities has led to doubts about the reliability of local decision making. A study of 1,752 referrals, for suspected abuse or neglect in eight English local authorities, found that indicators of child and family vulnerability were more important than local area in explaining selection for initial child protection conference and placement on registers. There appeared to be agreement on ‘common-sense’ risk indicators but stronger measurements of risk would enable child protection procedures to be better targeted.

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Subjects: Social Work

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