Blame, Culture and Child Protection

Authors: Leigh, Jadwiga

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In recent years child protection issues have dominated media and public discourse in the UK. This book offers a unique perspective by giving voice to those social workers working within a profession which has become increasingly embedded in a culture of blame. Exploring how statutory child protection agencies function, Leigh also reveals how ‘organisational culture’ can significantly affect the way in which social work is practised.

Providing a comparative analysis between the UK and Belgium, Leigh uses ethnography to illuminate the differences between the settings by examining how interactions and affected atmospheres impact on their identities. This book reveals how practitioners perceive themselves differently in such environments and explores the impact this has on their identity as well as the work they carry out with children and families. Leigh’s enquiry and compelling critique into social work, identity and organisations calls for mutual understanding and respect, rather than a culture of blame.

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Jadwiga Leigh is a Lecturer in the Sociological Studies Department at the University of Sheffield, UK. She qualified as a social worker in 2005 and has worked in both statutory and voluntary child protection settings. Teaching on the social work and sociology programmes, Leigh is interested in professional identity and affect/emotion in organisational culture.

 

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“Social workers in the English child protection system are blamed and in turn can sometimes blame families. It doesn't have to be this way. Using an evocative and sophisticated comparative perspective, Jadwiga Leigh as shown us how things can be different and better. Drawing attention to organisational and occupational culture and with a refreshing attention to the configuration of space and place this book is a timely and much needed boost to humane, compassionate and wise practice.” (Sue White, University of Birmingham, UK)

“From the description of the physical environment to the accounts of everyday discourse in practice management and more broadly in news media, our understanding of social work is enriched.” (Liz Beddoe, University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Blame, Culture and Child Protection
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47009-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-47009-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47008-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 255
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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