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Child Welfare Inequalities Project: project Outputs

Short Papers and Blogs

‘Understanding social work care and protection decisions’ has been written by Professor Kate Morris, Dr Will Mason, Professor Paul Bywaters, Professor Brid Featherstone, Professor Brigid Daniels and Dr Nughmana Mirza for the Family Potential Research Centre. Click HERE to read the full article.

‘Do children’s services reflect, reinforce or reduce social inequalities?’ was written by Professor Paul Bywaters for Community Care. Click HERE to read the full article.

Bywaters, P. (2017) What the new looked-after children statistics don’t tell us. Community Care, October 3rd.

Is tackling poverty no longer ‘core business’ for social workers?

There is clear evidence that links deprivation, expenditure and quality in children's services by Paul Bywaters and Calum Webb.

Journal Articles

  • Morris, K., Mason, W., Bunting, L., Hooper, J., Mirza, N., Brady, G., Bunting, L., Hooper, J., Mirza, N., Scourfield, J. and Webb, C. (2017). Social work , poverty , and child welfare interventions, Child and Family Social Work, 1–9.
  • Webb, C. and Bywaters, P. (2018) Austerity, rationing and inequity: trends in children’s & young peoples’ services expenditure in England between 2010 and 2015. Local Government Studies DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2018.143002
  • Gavin Davidson, Lisa Bunting, Paul Bywaters, Brid Featherstone and Claire McCartan et al. (2017) Child Welfare as Justice: why are we not effectively addressing inequalities? British Journal of Social Work online DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcx094.
  • Paul Bywaters and Tim Sparks, Child protection in England: an emerging inequalities perspective. (2017) Journal of Children’s Services
  • Featherstone, B., Morris, K., Daniel, B., Bywaters, P., Brady, G., Bunting, L., Mason, W. and Mirza, N.,  Poverty, inequality, child abuse and neglect: Changing the conversation in child protection? Children and Youth Services Review.
  • Mason, W. and Bywaters, P. (2016) Poverty, child abuse and neglect: patterns of cost and spending. Families, Relationships and Societies, volume 5 (1): 155-161

An Evidence Review: The relationship between poverty, child abuse and neglect

This closely connected review funded by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation was published on 3rd March.

Following the creation of this report it is hoped that the outcome will help influence governments, service providers and practitioners to make addressing family poverty a central issue in child protection.

It is also hoped that the report will encourage policy-makers to commission further research into this complex relationship. This research has already been included in a written submission to the Select Committee on the reform of children’s services which focused on the link between spending and outcomes.

Read the full report HERE

Methods and Methodology

Quantitative Methodology Technical Paper

Briefing papers

Country Quantitative Reports