Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/27801
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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Social work, poverty, and child welfare interventions
Author(s): Morris, Kate
Mason, Will
Bywaters, Paul
Featherstone, Brid
Daniel, Brigid
Brady, Geraldine
Bunting, Lisa
Hooper, Jade
Mirza, Nughmana
Scourfield, Jonathan
Webb, Calum
Contact Email: jade.hooper@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: care
child protection
child welfare inequalities
poverty
social work
Issue Date: 31-Aug-2018
Citation: Morris K, Mason W, Bywaters P, Featherstone B, Daniel B, Brady G, Bunting L, Hooper J, Mirza N, Scourfield J & Webb C (2018) Social work, poverty, and child welfare interventions. Child and Family Social Work, 23 (3), pp. 364-372. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12423
Abstract: The relationship between children's material circumstances and child abuse and neglect raises a series of questions for policy, practice, and practitioners. Children and families in poverty are significantly more likely to be the subject of state intervention. This article, based on a unique mixed‐methods study of social work interventions and the influence of poverty, highlights a narrative from practitioners that argues that, as many poor families do not harm their children, it is stigmatizing to discuss a link between poverty and child abuse and neglect. The data reveal that poverty has become invisible in practice, in part justified by avoiding stigma but also because of a lack of up‐to‐date research knowledge and investment by some social workers in an “underclass” discourse. We argue, in light of the evidence that poverty is a contributory factor in the risk of harm, that it is vital that social work engages with the evidence and in critical reflection about intervening in the context of poverty. We identify the need for fresh approaches to the harms children and families face in order to support practices that engage confidently with the consequences of poverty and deprivation.
DOI Link: 10.1111/cfs.12423
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