A History of Scottish Child Protection Law

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Kenneth Norrie traces the assumptions that underlay child protection law at particular periods of time and identifies the pressures for change - giving a clearer understanding of how and why the contemporary law is designed and operates as it does.


Particular issues are traced in legislative detail, including court processes, the changing thresholds for state intervention, the increasing regulation of children's homes and foster care, the developing rules on corporal punishment and the earlier practice of compulsory emigration to the colonies of children removed from their parents.


The transformation of adoption is also covered in comprehensive detail. In drawing out key themes and common threads, Norrie sets contemporary developments against their historical context and offers a fuller understanding of child protection law in Scotland.

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