From genograms to peer-group mapping: introducing peer relationships into social work assessment and intervention
AuthorsFirmin, Carlene Emma
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AbstractDespite evidence that young people’s peer relationships are associated with their experiences of abuse, child protection guidance directs social work practice to be primarily focused on the assessment of, and intervention with, families. Presenting data from two studies into the nature of, and safeguarding response to, peer abuse in England, this article questions the familial parameters of child protection frameworks, and evidences the need to include peer group relationships within social work assessment. Drawing on Bourdieu’s sociological theory, a conceptual framework is used to evidence that familial-focused practice fails to address the extra-familial social conditions in which peer abuse manifests. Complimenting an international evidence base that promotes ecological responses to adolescent welfare and social service development, this article suggests that advancing knowledge of peer group assessment and intervention should form a central part of the child protection research agenda.
CitationFirmin, C (2019) 'From genograms to peer-group mapping: introducing peer relationships into social work assessment and intervention', Families, Relationships and Societies, 8 (2), pp.231-248.
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