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.
Power structures and problem definition;
Origins of child protection in Aotearoa;
Post-war child welfare;
The 1980s: a storm builds and breaks;
Revolution from above: the neoliberal turn;
Cycles of crisis and review;
Building a new paradigm