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Child Welfare Inequalities Project examines the relationship between deprivation and child protection


The Child Welfare Inequalities Project is a collaboration between seven universities; The Open University and the Universities of Sheffield, Stirling, Edinburgh, Queen’s, Belfast and Cardiff.

The project examined the relationship between deprivation and child protection. It showed that children are far more likely to be on child protection registers and come into care in the most deprived areas in Wales.

The study found that there were increasing levels of intervention with every level of deprivation. The gradient, the research noted, were broadly the same as trends in other UK nations, but steepest in Wales.

The research was funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

The report is available in full from the CASCADE website here.