Engaging with families in child protection: lessons from practitioner research in Scotland

Michael Gallagher, Mark Smith, Heather Wilkinson, Viviene E. Cree, Helen Wosu, J. Stewart, Scott Hunter

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    Abstract

    This paper reports findings from practitioner-led research on engagement with families in the child protection system in Scotland. Engagement is here defined in a participative sense, to mean the involvement of family members in shaping social work processes. Key findings include the importance of workers building trusting relationships; the value of honest and clear communication, information, and explanation; and the potential for formal structures such as reports and meetings to hinder family engagement. These findings contribute to a growing critique of managerialism in social work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)117-134
    Number of pages18
    JournalChild Welfare
    Volume90
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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