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Protecting ChildrenA Social Model$
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Brid Featherstone, Anna Gupta, Kate Morris, and Sue White

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447332732

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447332732.001.0001

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A social model: experiences in practice

A social model: experiences in practice

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Protecting Children

Brid Featherstone

Anna Gupta

Kate Morris

Sue White

Policy Press

This chapter suggests some approaches to practice and offers examples of alternative models for child protection. Within a social model for protecting children, a multi-dimensional and contextualised understanding of social problems is required, as are services and professional practice which address the lack of material, social, and symbolic capital that cause harm to children and their families. For individual social workers working with individual families, as a start this means assessments, reports, and plans recognise and highlight the structural underpinnings of families' hardships, making them visible to professionals and to the families who are the subject of the assessment/report. There can be a recognition that solutions to problems are not only about individual change, but also reflect the impact of social and economic environments on individuals and families. However, all these developments are difficult in risk-focused case work approaches. The recent turn towards strengths-based case work may open up possibilities.

Keywords:   child protection, social model, social problems, social workers, risk, strengths, welfare services, case work

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