Life in a lanyard: developing an ethics of embedded research methods in children’s social care
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
Subjectschildren’s social care
Subject Categories::L500 Social Work
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AbstractPurpose: To consider the opportunities for embedded methodologies for research into children’s social care and the ethics of this method. Design: The study draws upon embedded research from a two year study into developing children’s social work approaches to extra-familial risk. Findings draw upon personal reflections from field notes, case reviews, practice observations and reflections. Findings: Two findings are presented. Firstly, that Embedded Research provides numerous opportunities to develop child protection systems and practice. Secondly, a number of ethical questions and challenges of the methodology are presented. Limitations: the article draws upon personal reflections from one study and is not intended to be representative of all approaches to embedded research methods. Practical implications: Two practical recommendations are presented. Firstly I outline a number of recommendations to university researchers and host organisations on the facilitative attributes for embedded researchers. Secondly, questions are raised to support university ethics boards to assist ethical frameworks for embedded research. Originality: the article contributes original empirical data to the limited literature on embedded research in children’s services.
CitationLloyd J (2021) 'Life in a lanyard: developing an ethics of embedded research methods in children’s social care ', Journal of Children's Services, 16 (4), pp.318-331.
JournalJournal of Children's Services
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