The aim of this chapter is to prepare the ground for the rest of the book by outlining the policy context and the theoretical perspectives that are drawn upon in what follows. The first section of the chapter briefly explains how the social control of the family has developed, with reference to the work of Foucault and Donzelot. The next section then deals with the policy context of contemporary child protection practice, including an overview of the commentary in the social work literature on gender issues in child protection. The rest of the chapter then sets out the book’s central theoretical assumptions, through discussion of gender relations, social constructionism and occupational culture. I begin by locating child protection work in its historical and sociological context.
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