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Protecting Powers: Emergency Intervention for Children's Protection

ISBN: 978-0-470-01603-9
260 pages
May 2007
Protecting Powers: Emergency Intervention for Children


The book is based on two research projects on emergency intervention, which were carried out by the author and her colleagues. The studies provide the basis for the three themes in the book: Inter-agency Working; Perceptions of Safety; and Placement and Resource Issues. The combination of quantitative and qualitative research allows a detailed picture of practice that goes beyond an account of what happens, to explore the perceptions, understandings and experiences of the practitioners who make these decisions, as social workers, police officers magistrates’ legal advisers or magistrates, and of the lawyers who advise social workers and parents.

The book provides a critical account of current practice in emergency child protection, it identifies good practice and make proposals for reform.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures.

About the Authors.



Chapter 1 Emergency powers for child protection.

Chapter 2 The development of emergency powers.

Chapter 3 The police, child protection and police protection.

Chapter 4 Working together? The police, social services and police protection.

Chapter 5 Children, families and applications for Emergency Protection Orders.

Chapter 6 Local authority decisions to seek emergency protection.

Chapter 7 The court process in emergency protection cases.

Chapter 8 The EPO and afterwards.

Chapter 9 Emergency intervention – reassessment and reform.

Appendix Details of research methods.

Case List.



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"The appearance of this fascinating book is timely." (Child and Family Social Work, November 2007)

"Family magistrates should be familiar with the content of this book as the debate will surely continue." (The Magistrate, March 2008)

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