Exploring the current and historical tensions between liberal capitalism and indigenous models of family life, Ian Kelvin Hyslop argues for a new model of child protection in Aotearoa New Zealand and other parts of the Anglophone world. He puts forward the case that child safety can only be sustainably advanced by policy initiatives which promote social and economic equality and from practice which takes meaningful account of the complex relationship between economic circumstances and the lived realities of service users.
"Although focused on Aotearoa (New Zealand), Ian Hyslop’s scholarly and passionate new book has significant global resonances for those of us concerned about the neoliberal steered evolution of 'child protection'." Paul Michael Garrett, NUI Galway
"A captivating analysis of the historical development of Aotearoa New Zealand child protection policy. It challenges the reader to think critically about statutory child protection and future possibilities." Nicky Stanley-Clarke, Massey University
“A fascinating analysis of the development of child protection in Aotearoa and an important contribution to the growing critical appraisal of child protection policies and practices across the Western World. Clear, insightful and convincing.” Nigel Parton, University of Huddersfield
Ian Kelvin Hyslop is a senior lecturer in Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He worked in statutory child protection for 20 years of his working life and is passionate about aligning social work practice with the pursuit of social justice.
The origins of child welfare in New Zealand;
The changing context of post-war child welfare;
The rise of a Maori voice - family empowerment and family conferencing;
The challenges of implementing bicultural vision;
The crisis in child protection across the anglophone world;
Crisis politics and the trajectory of neoliberal reform;
Ways forward: a new paradigm for child protection policy and practice.