chapter  6
Introducing non-punitive approaches into child protection
Legal issues
ByJudith Masson
Pages 17

This chapter seeks to outline aspects of the law which may act as barrier to the introduction of non-punitive approaches to child protection and to explore ways in which these barriers might be overcome. In doing so it recognises that there are no simple solutions to the problems of how to protect children while maintaining them within their families, but also that rescuing children and placing them in foster or residential care is fraught with dangers for their physical safety and their long-term emotional and social development (DOH, 1991b; DOH, 1991a).