Social worker experience of fatal child abuse

POLLARD, Lee (2018). Social worker experience of fatal child abuse. British Journal of Social Work, 48 (7), 1948-1966.

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This research study used Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to examine the lived experiences of four social work practitioners who have been directly involved in cases of fatal child abuse. The research examines how the tragedies impacted upon the workers in both personal and professional capacities and locates those experiences within the relevant organisational context. The study reveals that all the workers were significantly affected in different ways by the tragedies. Although there is some evidence of good practice it is evidence that the emotional and support needs of the workers were largely ignored by the organisations in which they practiced. The study reveals that following the children's deaths, the supervision the social workers received was often inappropriate and inconsistent and the Serious Case Reviews that were undertaken further contributed to the isolation and blame already being experienced by the workers involved. The research examines how such factors as media responses, organisational culture, working practices and the serious case review system, combine to provide a means by which systemic failures are minimised and ignored in favour of attributing blame to the actions or inaction of individual social work practitioners.

Item Type: Article
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Health and Well-being > Department of Social Work, Social Care and Community Studies
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Page Range: 1948-1966
Depositing User: Lee Pollard
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 12:26
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 03:02

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