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Research, Policy and Planning, The Journal of the Social Services Research Group: Special Issue on Child Neglect

This special issue of Research, Policy and Planning takes a fresh look at the enduring challenges that child neglect still presents to practitioners, researchers and policy-makers across the four nations of the United Kingdom, even in this, the second decade of the twenty first century. Although constitutional or political differences may arise, there remains a richly creative knowledge exchange within public services and research across the UK, exemplified in this publication. The four papers that follow, written by experts on the subject, bring together data and insights on neglect that reflect the diverse heritages and social contexts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England. In this overview of the field we aim to identify some common threads and points of divergence in the papers, and set out some questions to provoke reflection and debate.