the UK2 system as an exemplar, we consider the
history of attempts to improve the way families look after children.
We trace the current child protection system and its twists and turns.
As we have argued in the Introduction, more and more of the sorrows
of life are being defined as the proper business of a child welfare
system predicated on surveillance. While the state and its resources
allegedly shrink, its gaze is harder and its tongue sharper. As part of
an increasingly residual role, the system has become narrowly focused
on an atomisedchild, severed
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the shaping of conduct in the hope of producing certain
desired effects’ (p 52), which act on children, or rather on parts of the
atomisedchild, to produce specific, predetermined and adult-defined
outcomes. They embody beliefs and assumptions of modernity, in
particular the possibility and desirability of an ordered and mastered
world that is certain, controllable and predictable.
Public provisions as children’s services assume particular social
constructions of the child. The child of children’s services is incomplete
and immature, a becoming adult who will