Legal Responses to Child Protection, Poverty and Homelessness
Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 31 2: 133-146, 2009
Posted: 20 Jun 2015
Date Written: 2009
Removal of children from the care of their parents is one of the most fundamental forms of intrusion the state may have in the lives of families. Those experiencing poverty are disproportionately targeted for intervention by child protection departments. This article reports on the results of two research studies that provide empirical evidence regarding the relationship between child protection and poverty. The links between child protection and poverty are well-documented. However, our research supports the view that existing knowledge is not being effectively translated into practice. Respondents to our research offered a number of practical suggestions as to how protective outcomes may be brought about for children living in poverty. In particular, their recommendations emphasise the importance of the provision of material assistance and support in building the capacity of families to adequately provide for, and protect, their children.
JEL Classification: K00
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