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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-Hill , Anaru Eketone, Ian Hyslop, Emily Keddell, Simon Lowe, Jane … Continue reading

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Big Brains and the Modernization of Child, Youth and Family

Deb Stanfield Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills was asked by National Radio last week to respond to Minister Anne Tolley’s proposed CYF modernization project. An even, calm and suitably critical Mr Wills offered himself as an ally for child protection social … Continue reading

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The Child, Youth and Family review: Reading between the lines

In these media savvy days political pronouncements are almost always focussed on managing media. During elections media management is particularly intense with resources invested in promoting vote winning messages whilst sullying the reputation of others.  Once in power, and with … Continue reading

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Not independent and not expert- so what is the agenda?

Liz Beddoe Last Wednesday the Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley announced the formation of an ‘independent expert panel’ to lead a ‘complete overhaul ‘ of Child, Youth and Family. This is the first of a series of posts by … Continue reading

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Feral families, troubled families: The spectre of the underclass in New Zealand

Liz Beddoe  Blame is a powerful weapon with which to empower political disengagement with causes and focus on characteristics of victims.  Stigma leads and intensifies the othering of people who are poor, side-stepping structural explanations of violence and neglect Since … Continue reading

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Race, gender, class: The ‘bad mother’ and child abuse in media reporting

‘News’ is instantaneous in the information age. Interactive webpages for all forms of mass media and social networking mean that we can all co-produce ‘news’. The lines blur between journalism and ‘opinion’. Child deaths understandably become the focus of enormous … Continue reading

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