The nature and culture of social work with children and families in long-term casework: Findings from a qualitative longitudinal study

Show simple item record Ferguson, H en Warwick, L en Cooner, TS en Leigh, J en Beddoe, Elizabeth en Disney, T en Plumridge, G en 2020-05-17T23:17:09Z en 2020 en
dc.identifier.citation Child and Family Social Work 2020 en
dc.identifier.issn 1356-7500 en
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dc.description.abstract Social work in the United Kingdom is preoccupied with what social workers cannot do due to having limited time to spend with service users. Yet remarkably little research has examined what social workers actually do, especially in long-term relationships. This paper draws from an ethnographic study of two social work departments in England that spent 15 months observing practice and organizational life. Our findings show that social work some of the time has a significant amount of involvement with some service users and the dominant view that relationship-based practice is rarely achieved is in need of some revision. However, families at one research site received a much more substantial, reliable overall service due to the additional input of family support workers and having a stable workforce who had their own desks and were co-located with managers in small team offices. This generated a much more supportive, reflective culture for social workers and service users than at the second site, a large open plan ?hot-desking? office. Drawing on relational, systemic, and complexity theories, the paper shows how the nature of what social workers do and culture of practice are shaped by the interaction between available services, office designs, and practitioners', managers', and service users' experiences of relating together. en
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dc.relation.ispartofseries Child and Family Social Work en
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dc.title The nature and culture of social work with children and families in long-term casework: Findings from a qualitative longitudinal study en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/cfs.12746 en
pubs.volume online first en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The authors en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 794533 en Education and Social Work en Counselling,HumanServ &Soc.Wrk en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2020-02-16 en 2020-02-13 en

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