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Applying complexity theory to risk in child protection practice

Stevens, I. and Hassett, P. (2007) Applying complexity theory to risk in child protection practice. Childhood, 14 (1). pp. 128-144. ISSN 0907-5682

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Abstract

This article looks at the application of complexity theory to risk assessment in child protection practice, and how it may help to give a better understanding of risk in relation to protecting vulnerable children. Within the last 20 years increasing use has been made of the term complexity within the natural sciences. In recent times, some of the key concepts in complexity theory have started to filter through to the social sciences. The article offers an explanation of some of the key concepts in complexity theory and discusses the development of a model of assessing risk in child protection cases.

Item type: Article
ID code: 10742
Keywords: child protection, complexity, non-linear, risk, systems, Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform , Child Health. Child health services
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Medicine > Pediatrics > Child Health. Child health services
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
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    Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2011 11:48
    Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 10:54
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/10742

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