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Re-imagining child protectionTowards humane social work with families$
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Brid Featherstone, Sue White, and Kate Morris

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308027

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308027.001.0001

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Tainted love

Tainted love

how dangerous families became troubled

(p.131) Eight Tainted love
Re-imagining child protection

Brid Featherstone

Sue White

Kate Morris

Policy Press

Chapter 8 argues that the notion of family as the context for the resolution of children's needs extends the scope for supporting change and provides an accurate reflection of most children's lived experiences. It argues for the importance of an understanding of identities that can encompass the importance of past, present and future and that barriers to family engagement in the care and protection of children have, in part, been a product of reluctance to go beyond the presenting unit (however fractured that may be), despite the evidence that family networks are fluid, diverse and rarely geographically specific.

Keywords:   family, social work practices, networks, family engagement, child protection

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