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Growing up with risk$
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Betsy Thom, Rosemary Sales, and Jenny Pearce

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347329

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347329.001.0001

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Parenting and risk

Parenting and risk

(p.113) seven Parenting and risk
Growing up with risk

Rachel Hek

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the ways risk is defined and applied in relation to social work with families. First, it considers policy and practice in relation to child welfare. The chapter highlights how risk is viewed and identified by government policy makers and social-care-service providers. Second, it considers the experiences of families who have been pulled into the child-welfare system through an examination of research that looks at their views – in particular drawing on work carried out by the National Evaluation of the Children's Fund. Parents' and children's views are contrasted with those of service providers, and with policy, in order to examine if and how they coincide.

Keywords:   social work, risk assessment, families, child welfare, Children's Fund, parents, children

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