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Child Abuse: Law and Policy Across Boundaries (Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law & Justice) Hardcover – 29 Mar 2007


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This book will be invaluable for anyone working in any area of academic law related to child abuse, but will also be of interest to those in practice in this tricky area. Hoyano and Keenan have made a truly outstanding contribution to the literature on this important topic, and I truly recommend their book most warmly. (Robert H. George, International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family 23, 2009)

...The coverage of case law and range of references clarifies the legislative framework surrounding child abuse. This publication will be helpful for those studying criminal and civil law particularly where the focus is on issues relating to safeguarding. In addition the book will prove useful for social work practitioners and those practitioners within integrated teams who work extensively with children and young people. (Daryl Dugdale, Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law, Vol. 31, No. 1)

Judges have described this as a "masterly book on a hugely important subject", "an inspiring achievement" and "an invaluable source of ideas and law, theory and practice", not only for practitioner and academic but for policy makers and indeed for all concerned with reform and administration of the law. The panel of judges believes that the book will indeed make an outstanding contribution to the formation and understanding of legal policy and thus to the administration of law in this country. They unanimously agree that, of all the fine entries, this book most clearly satisfies the criteria laid down for the award of the prize.' (Judges of the Inner Temple Book Prize 2008)

This impressive tome on child abuse, 1,000 pages long, is an impressive exposition of the subject (Sally Rammage)

This Ranks as a major achievement. (European Tort Law)

About the Author

Laura Hoyano holds three degrees from the University of Alberta in Canada in medieval history and law, and the BCL (Balliol College Oxford). In 1994 she accepted an academic appointment at the Law Faculty of the University of Bristol. In 1999 she became a Tutorial Fellow and CUF Lecturer at Wadham College, Oxford University, where she teaches Evidence, Criminal and Tort Law. Together with colleagues at Bristol University, Caroline Keenan and Laura Hoyano were co-directors of a major empirical and comparative law study funded by the Home Office, An Assessment of the Admissibility and Sufficiency of Evidence in Child Abuse Prosecutions (HMSO 1999), which contributed to the eventual enactment of Special Measures Directions in the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999. Laura Hoyano has published and lectured extensively about litigating child abuse in different fields of law, in England and North America. Caroline Keenan graduated in law from the University of Sheffield, where she also completed her PhD on the investigation of cases of child abuse. She then lectured in Criminal and Family Law and Criminology at the University of Bristol and the University of Durham, then subsequently at the University of Bristol. In addition to the empirical study on the prosecution of child abuse, An Assessment of the Admissibility and Sufficiency of Evidence in Child Abuse Prosecutions, she was commissioned by the Home Office to conduct a review of the law on sexual offences against children and vulnerable adults which contributed to the law reform enacted by the Sexual Offences Act 2003. She has published widely in the field of child protection law, focusing on family and criminal law and the law relating to the investigation of abuse. Caroline Keenan is currently a visiting Research Fellow in law at the University of Bristol and a member of the Senior Common Room at Wadham College, Oxford.

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