All the ACEs: A Chaotic Concept for Family Policy and Decision-Making?

Gillies, V., White, S. and Edwards, R. 2019. All the ACEs: A Chaotic Concept for Family Policy and Decision-Making? Social Policy and Society. 18 (3), pp. 457-466. doi:10.1017/S147474641900006X

TitleAll the ACEs: A Chaotic Concept for Family Policy and Decision-Making?
TypeJournal article
AuthorsGillies, V.
White, S.
Edwards, R.
Abstract

This paper will consider ACEs as a chaotic concept that prioritises risk and obscures the material and social conditions of the lives of its objects. It will show how the various definitions of ACEs offer no cohesive body of definitive evidence and measurement, and lead to a great deal of over-claiming. It discusses how ACEs have found their time and place, locating a variety of social ills within the child’s home, family and parenting behaviours. It argues that because ACEs are confined to intra-familial circumstances, and largely to narrow parent-child relations, issues outside of parental control are not addressed. It concludes that ACEs form a poor body of evidence for family policy and decision-making about child protection and that different and less stigmatising solutions are hiding in plain sight.

KeywordsChaotic concept
child protection
family policy
poverty
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Journal citation18 (3), pp. 457-466
ISSN1474-7464
Year2019
PublisherCambridge University Press
Accepted author manuscriptACE paper fin.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1017/S147474641900006X
Publication dates
Published23 Apr 2019
Published in printJul 2019

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