“Isn't it funny the children that are further away we don't think about as much?”: Using GPS to explore the mobilities and geographies of social work and child protection practice

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dc.contributor.author Disney, T en
dc.contributor.author Warwick, L en
dc.contributor.author Ferguson, H en
dc.contributor.author Leigh, J en
dc.contributor.author Cooner, TS en
dc.contributor.author Beddoe, Elizabeth en
dc.contributor.author Jones, P en
dc.contributor.author Osborne, T en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-28T04:45:01Z en
dc.date.issued 2019-05 en
dc.identifier.citation Children and Youth Services Review 100:39-49 May 2019 en
dc.identifier.issn 0190-7409 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46747 en
dc.description.abstract Social work is an inherently mobile and spatial profession; child protection social workers travel to meet families in diverse contexts, such as families' homes, schools, court and many more. However, rising bureaucracy, managerialism and workloads are all combining to push social workers to complete increasing volumes of work outside their working hours. Such concerns lead to the perception that social workers are increasingly immobilised, finding themselves desk-bound and required to spend much of their working day navigating time-consuming computer systems. This immobilisation of social workers has considerable implications, restricting professionals' abilities to undertake the face-to-face work required to build relationships with families. However, until now, the actual movements of social workers, and how (lack of) movement affects ability to practice, remain unknown. In this paper we report on innovative research methods using GPS [Global Positioning System] devices that can trace social workers' mobilities and explore the use of office space, home working and visits to families in two English social work departments. This article presents unique findings that reveal how mobile working is shaping social care practitioner wellbeing and practice. en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Children and Youth Services Review en
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dc.title “Isn't it funny the children that are further away we don't think about as much?”: Using GPS to explore the mobilities and geographies of social work and child protection practice en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.02.029 en
pubs.begin-page 39 en
pubs.volume 100 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Elsevier en
pubs.author-url https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190740918310880 en
pubs.end-page 49 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 764244 en
pubs.org-id Education and Social Work en
pubs.org-id Counselling,HumanServ &Soc.Wrk en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-02-28 en
pubs.online-publication-date 2019-02-18 en

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