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Social Work, Child Protection and Politics: Some Critical and Constructive Reflections

Parton, Nigel (2014) Social Work, Child Protection and Politics: Some Critical and Constructive Reflections. British Journal of Social Work, 44 (7). pp. 2042-2056. ISSN 0045-3102

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Abstract

This Critical Commentary reflects on how the author's personal and professional experiences have both mirrored and fed into the changing policy and practice contexts in England over the last forty years. A central part of the argument is that the way public and political debates have been constructed has meant there is a very intimate relationship between social work and child protection such that the former almost fails to have an existence outside of the parameters of the latter; social work has been reduced to a very narrow concern with child protection. The Commentary considers how this has come about and concludes by arguing that the two need to be clearly disaggregated such that each has a clear existence separate from the other so that more progressive policies and practices can be developed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 16:09
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2016 14:46
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/22221

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