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The vulnerable child in neoliberal contexts : the construction of children in the Aotearoa New Zealand child protection reforms Emily Keddell

By: Keddell, Emily.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Childhood.Publisher: Sage, 2017Subject(s): New Zealand. Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki | CHILD ABUSE | CHILD NEGLECT | CHILD PROTECTION | FOSTER CARE | MĀORI | CHILDREN YOUNG PERSONS AND THEIR FAMILIES ACT 1989 | PREDICTIVE RISK MODELLING | SOCIAL POLICY | SOCIAL SERVICES | SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS | VULNERABLE CHILDREN ACT 2014 | NEW ZEALANDOnline resources: Read abstract In: Childhood, 2017, Advance online publication, 29 August 2017 (16 pages)Summary: Recent policy reforms have substantially changed state responses to child abuse in Aotearoa New Zealand (ANZ). These reforms draw on two related discourses: vulnerability and social investment. Shaped by a neoliberal political context, these discourses influence constructions of children and parents. Children are constituted in individualistic ways; as vulnerable victims requiring intervention to optimise future functioning, dichotomised against their irresponsible and invulnerable parents. This has different consequences for children in and outside of the permanent foster care system. (Author's abstract). Record #5677
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Childhood, 2017, Advance online publication, 29 August 2017 (16 pages)

Recent policy reforms have substantially changed state responses to child abuse in Aotearoa New Zealand (ANZ). These reforms draw on two related discourses: vulnerability and social investment. Shaped by a neoliberal political context, these discourses influence constructions of children and parents. Children are constituted in individualistic ways; as vulnerable victims requiring intervention to optimise future functioning, dichotomised against their irresponsible and invulnerable parents. This has different consequences for children in and outside of the permanent foster care system. (Author's abstract). Record #5677