Keeping children safe: challenges for social work practice in the family setting and in light of current public sector cutbacks

Harding, Laura (2011) Keeping children safe: challenges for social work practice in the family setting and in light of current public sector cutbacks. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Children’s services social work has been under much criticism from the public over the past forty years. Despite attempts from the government to improve the safety and well being of children and the social work profession, children’s services in the UK continue to be understaffed, under-resourced and holding a higher than average number of case loads. This dissertation focuses on the barriers social workers face in their day to day life for keeping children safe and the future for societies most vulnerable children in the current UK economy, where the effects of cuts being made within public services will undoubtedly impact on both social workers working to safeguard children, and children themselves. A literature review has been undertaken, which critically analyses the realities and future of children’s services in the UK economy. Many themes are sought and it is argued that a number of challenges exist in the day to day life for frontline practitioners working within children’s services local authorities. Fears about the future of children’s services social work in the current UK economy are expressed using qualitative extracts of professional’s narratives. It is argued that not only will social work practitioners continue to struggle more so than ever before to keep the UK’s most vulnerable children safe, but that the UK societies most vulnerable children are likely to be at more risk of harm and abuse due to the cuts currently being implemented within children’s services. This is just the beginning.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2011 15:24
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/4174

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