Containment - exploring the concept of agency in children’s statutory encounters with social workers

Morrison, F, Cree, V, Ruch, G, Winter, K, Hadfield, M and Hallett, S (2018) Containment - exploring the concept of agency in children’s statutory encounters with social workers. Childhood. ISSN 0907-5682

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Abstract

This article examines children’s agency in their interactions with social workers during statutory encounters in a child protection context. It draws from a UK wide ethnographic study. It finds that much of social workers’ responses to children’s agency in this context are best understood as a form of ‘containment’. In doing so, it offers an original and significant contribution to the theoretical understanding of children’s agency, as well as its application in social work practice.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2018 15:48
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 15:21
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79331

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