Penna, Sue E. (2005) The Children Act 2004: Child Protection and Social Surveillance. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 27 (2). pp. 143-157. ISSN 0964-9069Full text not available from this repository.
This article considers the passage of the Children Act 2004 through Parliament.Drawing on recent debates in social science, particularly those concerned with informationalism, governance and cultural political economy, the article examines how welfare policies can be used as a vehicle for pursuing broader political goals. In particular, the development of information, retrieval and tracking systems (IRT) raise questions concerning the rapid growth in the use of instruments of surveillance. The aims of the article are, firstly, to analyse the use of surveillance as a mode of societal governance and, secondly, to illustrate how attempts to exercise governance take place through a particular discursive construction of children and their protection, a construction which presents the Children Act as a solution to some technical problems of information-sharing and inter-agency working in the service of childrenâ��s welfare. The article argues that such a discursive construction is necessary in order to delegitimise and obscure key political questions of civil liberties and human rights that are raised by the Children Act.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law|
|Additional Information:||The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 27 (2), 2005, © Informa Plc|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Keywords ; surveillance ; governance ; IRT ; social exclusion|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science|
|Deposited By:||Dr Sue Penna|
|Deposited On:||06 Apr 2006|
|Last Modified:||01 Oct 2016 00:01|
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