A call for papers: “Child protection, the family and the state: Critical responses in neoliberal times”

The editorial function of the Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work journal will be carried out by a newly formed editorial collective. The foundation collective comprises Neil Ballantyne, Liz Beddoe,   Yvonne Crichton-HillAnaru EketoneIan Hyslop, Emily Keddell, Simon Lowe, Jane Maidment,  Deb Stanfield  and Shayne Walker . Over the next few months we will be setting up a new editorial advisory group to work with us to shape the journal to best serve social work.

The collective will continue in the best traditions of the journal to showcase material of relevance to social work readers in local and international contexts and, where applicable, to link this with global social work concerns. While the new editorial collective will continue to welcome submissions on broad themes we are particularly seeking articles for a special themed issue to be published in 2016.The special issue will address:

‘Child protection, the family and the state: critical responses in neoliberal times’

will be edited by Emily Keddell, Ian Hyslop and Deb Stanfield. We are seeking articles which address current themes in policy and practice in the contemporary environment. The welfare reforms of 2011, the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014 and Children’s Action Plan developments, the reshaping of social policy around the logic of social investment, the Productivity Commission’s more effective social services vision and the review of Child Youth and Family all signal aspects of interlocking, yet separate aspects of rapid reform in the child welfare domain. Articles are invited that discuss any aspect of these reforms, particularly focusing on how such changes do, or do not, represent the politics of neoliberalism. Critical discussion of how the reforms (or one aspect of them), impact on the relationship between the state, families and children more generally is also invited. Topics may include the construction of social problems, critical approaches to risk, childhood studies, poverty and inequality, culture, gender, ethnicity, and the changing practice, policy and politics of child and family welfare in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.

Full articles should be no longer than 6000 words including references and material in tables. Shorter pieces may focus on recent events or current topics of relevance to the theme and may contribute a unique perspective for practitioners, educators and students. Such shorter submissions should be no longer than 2000 words and be properly referenced.

Submissions will be anonymously reviewed by two readers from a panel of reviewers. Reviewers will be asked to offer constructive feedback to authors. The deadline for submission of papers for this themed issue is 29 January 2016.

Submission: Please write to the editors with a brief outline of your intended article for the special themed issue and we will send you the author guidelines for the preparation of your manuscript. We can be contacted here:


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