Doing child-protection social work with parents: what are the barriers in practice?

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622459
Title:
Doing child-protection social work with parents: what are the barriers in practice?
Authors:
Wilkins, David ( 0000-0003-2780-0385 ) ; Whittaker, Charlotte E.
Abstract:
For many social workers, participatory practice may seem an unachievable goal, particularly in the field of child protection. In this paper, we discuss a significant programme of change in one London local authority, as part of which we undertook 110 observations of practice and provided more than eighty follow-up coaching sessions for workers. Through these observations, we saw many examples of key participatory practice skills such as empathy, collaboration and involvement in decision making. We also saw many examples of reducing autonomy and excluding parents from decision making. Often, we found the same worker would adopt a participatory approach with one family and a non-participatory approach with another. Through coaching sessions, we explored how and why workers used different approaches and discussed the barriers to adopting a more consistently participatory approach. These discussions led us to reflect on fundamental questions relating to the purpose of child-protection social work, how social workers can best help families and what the limits might be of participation in situations of high risk. We argue that truly participatory child-protection social work requires not simply better training or different tools, but an innovation in the value base of children’s services.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire; Frontline
Citation:
Wilkins D, Whittaker C (2018) 'Doing Child-Protection Social Work with Parents: What Are the Barriers in Practice?', British Journal of Social Work.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
British Journal of Social Work
Issue Date:
28-Dec-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622459
DOI:
10.1093/bjsw/bcx139
Additional Links:
https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcx139
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0045-3102
Appears in Collections:
Applied social sciences

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dc.contributor.authorWilkins, Daviden
dc.contributor.authorWhittaker, Charlotte E.en
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-10T13:26:57Z-
dc.date.available2018-01-10T13:26:57Z-
dc.date.issued2017-12-28-
dc.identifier.citationWilkins D, Whittaker C (2018) 'Doing Child-Protection Social Work with Parents: What Are the Barriers in Practice?', British Journal of Social Work.en
dc.identifier.issn0045-3102-
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjsw/bcx139-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622459-
dc.description.abstractFor many social workers, participatory practice may seem an unachievable goal, particularly in the field of child protection. In this paper, we discuss a significant programme of change in one London local authority, as part of which we undertook 110 observations of practice and provided more than eighty follow-up coaching sessions for workers. Through these observations, we saw many examples of key participatory practice skills such as empathy, collaboration and involvement in decision making. We also saw many examples of reducing autonomy and excluding parents from decision making. Often, we found the same worker would adopt a participatory approach with one family and a non-participatory approach with another. Through coaching sessions, we explored how and why workers used different approaches and discussed the barriers to adopting a more consistently participatory approach. These discussions led us to reflect on fundamental questions relating to the purpose of child-protection social work, how social workers can best help families and what the limits might be of participation in situations of high risk. We argue that truly participatory child-protection social work requires not simply better training or different tools, but an innovation in the value base of children’s services.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttps://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcx139en
dc.rightsGreen - can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF-
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectchild protectionen
dc.subjectparticipationen
dc.titleDoing child-protection social work with parents: what are the barriers in practice?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.contributor.departmentFrontlineen
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Social Worken
dc.date.updated2018-01-10T13:07:40Z-
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