Exploring the declining rates of state social work intervention in an English local authority using Family Group Conferences

Robin Sen (Lead / Corresponding author), Calum Webb

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Abstract

Over the last decade England has seen rising numbers and rates of children in care and subject to child protection intervention. This article draws on national data and quantitative data from a study of ‘City’, a local authority in the north of England with a large Family Group Conference service. In distinction to national trends, City has seen substantial declines in the numbers and rates of children in care and who are subject to child protection intervention. The article analyses how notable these declines may be, comparing the declines with national trends, and exploring six-month service indicators for children who had a Family Group Conference. Implications regarding the reduction of levels of state social work intervention in family life are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104458
Number of pages8
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume106
Early online date7 Aug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Child protection
  • Children in care
  • Family Group Conferences
  • Family support
  • Restorative practice

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