Poverty, exclusion and child protection practice: the contribution of ‘the politics of recognition&respect’

Anna Gupta, Hannah Blumhardt

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The affective dimensions of poverty, including the impact of wider policydiscourses and services that ‘other’ and shame people in poverty, areincreasingly recognized. In response, Lister [(2013). Power, not Pity:Poverty and Human Rights. Ethics and Social Welfare, 7(2), 109–123]advocates for ‘a politics of recognition&respect’ that centralizes thevoices, participation and lived experiences of those who live inpoverty. This paper considers how applying Lister’s theory couldimprove child protection (CP) social work in England, from a humanrights and social justice perspective. The paper draws on findings froman ATD Fourth World participatory research project aimed at updatingthe course content for a pre-existing social worker training module onpoverty awareness. The project brings together families withexperience of poverty and CP interventions, social work practitionersand academics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-259
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
Issue number2
Early online date17 Feb 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Feb 2017


  • Poverty
  • child protection
  • participation
  • recognition;
  • shame

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