Francis Hollis was quite right. At the time she wrote this in her classic Casework: A Psychosocial Therapy, social work practice was becoming ever more dynamic in its responses to problems like child abuse. Indeed, it was in the early 1960s that significant changes in the conceptions of the problem of ‘child abuse’ began to occur. This chapter brings the analysis of the development of child protection practice and policy into the present. I will characterize a core shift in policy and practice that has occurred in recent decades in terms of a move from an approach based on ‘inspection’ to a welfare-oriented one based on ‘partnership’. This has had mixed implications, on one level increasing the sensitivity with which children and their carers are worked with, on the other leading to greater uncertainty about the legitimacy of authoritative child protection and a lack of understanding of what intimate practice has to involve.
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