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Exploring the perceptions of staff towards children and young people living in community-based children's homes

Heron, Gavin and Chakrabarti, Mono and , University of Strathclyde (2003) Exploring the perceptions of staff towards children and young people living in community-based children's homes. Journal of Social Work, 3 (1). pp. 81-98. ISSN 1468-0173

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Abstract

This article examines the perceptions of staff working in community-based children's homes. Data from interviews with staff, using the repertory grid technique, are analysed and presented in the form of a case study. Particular consideration is given to the child-worker relationship and how it might affect the quality of care provided. The findings are selected from a doctoral study and suggest that despite significant changes in the residential sector, many staff feel powerless to address the real issues and problems affecting children. Rather than confront the realities of the situation and implement strategies that empower staff, it would appear that current developments in social work continue to de-prioritize the needs of children. The authors argue that a fundamental change in residential care is needed if social work is to meet the needs of many of the most vulnerable children in society.

Item type: Article
ID code: 8074
Keywords: social care, children's homes, empowerment, relationships, social work staff, social work, Social Sciences (General), Social pathology. Social and public welfare, Social Sciences (miscellaneous), Health(social science)
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
Depositing user: Mr Alastair Bell
Date Deposited: 27 May 2009 14:45
Last modified: 15 Apr 2015 11:05
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/8074

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