A critical examination of the role of the social worker to promote participation when working with children and young people with disabilities

cozzi, emma louise (2012) A critical examination of the role of the social worker to promote participation when working with children and young people with disabilities. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This paper aims to examine the role of the social worker to ascertain and give due consideration to disabled children’s views in the decision making process of individual care plans. From this perspective, current working practices were investigated in an attempt to alleviate barriers to participation and promote positive working partnerships. Ultimately, the goal is to attempt to formulate care plans tailored to the needs and wishes of the individual and thus, improving the quality of care. A narrative literature review was conducted to analyse and critically appraise various sources of knowledge deriving from the perspectives of social services departments and practitioners, parents and the child. In addition, this paper considers varying theoretical perspectives which seek to challenge negative attitudes, discrimination and oppression towards disability to ensure a holistic analysis is given. The research illustrated that the barriers to participation specific to disabled children are predominately created by society and not due to the child’s impairment. Furthermore, these barriers were inadvertently strengthened by growing tensions within social work practices and therefore the researcher suggests innovative recommendations for social work and offers a model of best practice. Key findings indicate the promotion of participation requires practitioners to be creative and varied in their approaches to working, be self-reflective practitioners, prepare for contact, facilitate communication and encourage collaborative practice assist to gain the views of the child.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 11:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:06
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/8770

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