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“We're giving you the sack” - Social Workers’ Perspectives of Intervening in Affluent Families When There are Concerns about Child Neglect

Bernard, Claudia A.. 2019. “We're giving you the sack” - Social Workers’ Perspectives of Intervening in Affluent Families When There are Concerns about Child Neglect. The British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102 [Article] (In Press)

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Abstract or Description

Few studies have examined social workers’ perspectives of child protection interventions in cases of child neglect in affluent families in the UK. Using the findings from a qualitative study, this paper explores social workers’ experiences of intervening in affluent families when there are child protection concerns. Focus groups and in-depth interviews were used to gather data from 30 child protection professionals from 12 local authorities across England. Findings from the study are used to explore the complex relational dynamics and power relationships that practitioners have to traverse when intervening with affluent parents that have the material resources to resist social work intervention. The paper concludes with a discussion of the skills and knowledge that are necessary for authoritative practice.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcz003

Additional Information:

The study was supported by a small grant from the City of London Corporation.

Keywords:

Neglect, Affluent Families, Social Work Intervention, Class Privileges, Resistant Families, Power

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)

Dates:

DateEvent
1 November 2018Accepted
18 February 2019Published Online

Item ID:

25231

Date Deposited:

13 Dec 2018 08:56

Last Modified:

09 May 2019 10:45

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/25231

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