‘Cultivating our humanity’ in child and family social work in England
Higgins, MM (2016). ‘Cultivating our humanity’ in child and family social work in England. Social Work Education. 35 (5), pp. 518 - 529.
© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.The goal of the social work reform process was to provide a generic framework and single professional body within a broad conception of generic social work. However, debates about the role and nature of social work continue to exist. This paper explores whether contemporary child and family social work is inclined at times to make use of a less humane social work practice with families and children. The policy context and the culture of child and family social work are considered. Implications for social work education are identified. The key message of this paper is twofold. There is a tendency in contemporary child and family social work to become synonymous with a particular version of child protection. The type of child protection adopted tends to be authoritarian with at times a limited consideration of the humanity of parents and adult carers in particular.
|Journal||Social Work Education|
|Journal citation||35 (5), pp. 518 - 529|
|Publisher||London South Bank University|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/02615479.2016.1181161|
|03 Jul 2016|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||21 Sep 2016|
|Accepted||17 Apr 2016|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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