From community to public safety governance in policing and child protection

Can Rev Sociol. 2008 Nov;45(4):367-88. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-618x.2008.00020.x.


The growing interoperability between policing and child protection in Canada and the United Kingdom suggests that we are in the midst of a governmental shift from community governance to public safety governance. Indeed, discourses emphasizing local expertise in policing and child protection have largely muted because of criticisms over the lack of interagency interconnectedness. Both countries have now developed national interagency databases for the management of persons of risk. This institutional integration engenders different forms of regulation. We conclude by arguing that this emergent ethos may be conceptualized as a nascent governmental rationality.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / history
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control
  • Child Welfare / history
  • Child Welfare / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Community Health Services
  • Databases, Factual
  • Government Agencies / history
  • Government Agencies / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Police / history
  • Police / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Police / organization & administration
  • Public Policy*
  • Safety / history
  • Safety / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • United Kingdom