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Does Responsive Regulation Offer an Alternative? Questioning the Role of Formalistic Assessment in Child Protection Investigations

Harris, Nathan


The interface between parents and child protection agencies has long been a cause of concern. This paper examines the challenge that the child protection system faces from the perspective of responsive regulation theory (Braithwaite, 2002). The analysis suggests that management of compliance, though rarely discussed in the literature, has a significant impact on investigations. An emphasis on assessment, especially formal risk assessment, places an emphasis on a particular type of compliance:...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: British Journal of Social Work
DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcr112


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