Should child care social workers be held accountable for fatal child abuse?

Cousins, Eleanor (2009) Should child care social workers be held accountable for fatal child abuse? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Purpose: This literature review attempts to answer the question whether child care social workers should be held accountable for fatal child abuse. This controversial and contested subject faces social workers delivering child protection services in both the UK and internationally.

    Method: The writer has accessed a wide range of literature, data and available media sources during her review of the topic area. Three key themes have been identified: risk assessment and management; professional accountability; and interprofessional working and communication. In addition, the literature review has been conducted with an international perspective. Case information pertaining to specific child abuse fatalities has been applied to each topic area to provide further focus. There is continuous discussion throughout the literature review chapter and an independent discussion chapter, which draws a number of conclusions.

    Results: Many areas of practice have been explored and evaluated, for example the complexity or risk assessment, management and decision-making; the impact of negative professional identity; organisational barriers to interprofessional working; and international comparisons. It has been found that professional accountability is valuable; however, there are many factors influencing child care social workers in practice today.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2011 16:01
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:26

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