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Re-imagining Child Protection Book Launch

  • Cobalt Cafe & Gallery, 16 North Great George's Street
  • 6 pm
  • 23 Sep 2014

The IASW is hosting the Irish book launch of Re-imagining Child Protection: Towards Humane Social Work with Children & Families by Brid Featherstone, Sue White and Kate Morris.


The Irish Association of Social Workers invites you to the Irish launch of

Re-Imagining Child Protection: Toward humane social work with families

Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014 at 6 pm

Cobalt Café & Gallery

16 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1




Brid Featherstone, co-author, will speak about the key ideas underpinning the book.

Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the launch.  


Why has the language of the child and of child protection become so hegemonic? What is lost and gained by such language? Who is being protected, and from what, in a risk society? Given that the focus is overwhelmingly on those families who are multiply deprived, do services reinforce or ameliorate such deprivations? And is it ethical to remove children from their parents in a society riven by inequalities? This timely book challenges a child protection culture that has become mired in muscular authoritarianism towards multiply deprived families. It calls for family-minded humane practice where children are understood as relational beings, parents are recognized as people with needs and hopes and families as carrying extraordinary capacities for care and protection. 

The authors, who have over three decades of experience as social workers, managers, educators and researchers in England, also identify the key ingredients of just organizational cultures where learning is celebrated. 

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