The judgment in Re W (A child): national and international implications for contemporary child and family social work

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Higgins, MM (2018). The judgment in Re W (A child): national and international implications for contemporary child and family social work. British Journal of Social Work.
AuthorsHiggins, MM
Abstract

This paper argues that contemporary child and family social work in England and some other states in Europe needs an ethical ‘turn’. This paper considers the facts in the Re W judgment and identifies certain features in the case that can be understood as products resulting from a particular paradigm of social work in contemporary practice. National and international implications are considered and hopeful ways forward are proffered: epistemic humility, inner dialogue, and cultivating our humanity The key message of this paper is that Re W indicates that contemporary child and family social work is dominated by an ‘automatic’ thinking which tends not to ‘hear’ the voices of actual human beings and a refocusing on ethics work is needed to put humane practice back at the heart of the social work profession. Keywords: Re W, ethics work, child and family social work, social work

KeywordsRe W; ethics work; child and family social work; social work
Year2018
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
PublisherLondon South Bank University
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcy018
Publication dates
Print06 Apr 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited16 Apr 2018
Accepted01 Mar 2018
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CC BY 4.0
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