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Watching over or Working with? Understanding Social Work Innovation in Response to Extra-Familial Harm

Institute of Applied Social Research, University of Bedfordshire, Room F303, Park Square, Luton LU1 3JU, UK
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Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(4), 37; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9040037
Received: 27 February 2020 / Revised: 25 March 2020 / Accepted: 26 March 2020 / Published: 1 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Critical Debates and Developments in Child Protection)
This paper critically reflects on the role of surveillance and trusted relationships in social work in England and Wales. It explores the characteristics of relationships of trust and relationships of surveillance and asks how these approaches apply to emerging policy and practices responses to extra-familial forms of harm (EFH). Five bodies of research that explore safeguarding responses across a range of public bodies are drawn on to present an analytical framework that explores elements of safeguarding responses, constituting relationships of trust or relationships of surveillance and control. This analytic framework is applied to two case studies, each of which detail a recent practice innovation in response to EFH studied by the authors, as part of a larger body of work under the Contextual Safeguarding programme. The application of this framework signals a number of critical issues related to the focus/rationale, methods and impact of interventions into EFH that should be considered in future work to address EFH, to ensure young people’s rights to privacy and participation are upheld. View Full-Text
Keywords: care; child protection; contextual safeguarding; control; extra-familial harm; surveillance care; child protection; contextual safeguarding; control; extra-familial harm; surveillance
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Wroe, L.E.; Lloyd, J. Watching over or Working with? Understanding Social Work Innovation in Response to Extra-Familial Harm. Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 37.

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