Dilemmas of care: social work and historic abuse

Andrew Kendrick, Moyra Hawthorn

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This chapter explores the dilemmas and issues that historic abuse of children in care raises for social work and social care professionals. These include the need to understand the dynamics of abuse, the investigation of allegations of abuse and involvement in the prosecution of past perpetrators and should use what they have to ensure the safety and protection of children currently in care. Professionals are also involved in addressing the needs of victims/survivors of abuse, providing compensation and reparation, counselling and support for individuals, including access to information and records. Kendrick and Hawthorn highlight the need to focus on the past, the present and the future in addressing these key issues in historic abuse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApologies and the Legacy of Abuse of Children in ‘Care’
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Perspectives
EditorsJohanna Sköld, Shurlee Swain
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • social work
  • historic abuse
  • children in care


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