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.
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
Gallagher, M., Smith, M., Wilkinson, H., Cree, V. E., Wosu, H., Stewart, J., & Hunter, S. (2011). Engaging with families in child protection: lessons from practitioner research in Scotland. Child Welfare, 90(4), 117-134.