Managing contact for children in public care

Robin Sen

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    This paper examines children in public care. There has been little research on social workers’ views and experiences of managing contact for children in public care, and none focused in Scotland, where different institutional and legal features provide contrast with the rest of the UK. This study explored the views
    of 19 social work practitioners and managers and three Reporters to
    the Children’s Hearing system regarding the management of contact
    for children in non-permanent placements, using semi-structured
    interviews and a focus group. The paper focuses on the themes of the
    supervision and assessment of contact, risks associated with contact
    and contact via ICT—e-mail and the internet. It suggests improvements
    in assessing contact are needed and concludes that while there are
    strengths in practitioners’ current awareness of risks, a risk-based
    conception of contact, as exemplified by most respondents’ views
    about the use of new technology, is in tension with the thrust of current
    legislation; conceptions of contact need to be flexible enough to
    embrace the variety of purposes contact might serve.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2009
    EventBASPCAN Congress - Swansea
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


    ConferenceBASPCAN Congress
    Period1/01/00 → …


    • children
    • public care

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