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This text explores the effect of involving parents in the conference process, on the decisions and recommendations made on the views and experiences of the professionals and families involved. It is based on a research design which involved comparisons of conferences and of areas where parents were invited and those where they were not.;Generally, the findings from the research are positive. Parents who had been to the conference felt fairly treated and were more positive to the on-going social work intervention than the parents who had not been. However, conference attendance was not the strongest determinant of attitude overall. The parents' greatest fear was the removal of their child. The findings also highlight the potential for conflict within the conference task, as well as for the professionals. There are limitations to the degree to which working in partnership with parents is possible, and to the extent to which the process could be described as empowering.

Child protection - Margaret Bell

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Title
Child protection - families and the conference process
Author
Margaret Bell
format
Hardback
Publisher
Ashgate
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19990903

This text explores the effect of involving parents in the conference process, on the decisions and recommendations made on the views and experiences of the professionals and families involved. It is based on a research design which involved comparisons of conferences and of areas where parents were invited and those where they were not.;Generally, the findings from the research are positive. Parents who had been to the conference felt fairly treated and were more positive to the on-going social work intervention than the parents who had not been. However, conference attendance was not the strongest determinant of attitude overall. The parents' greatest fear was the removal of their child. The findings also highlight the potential for conflict within the conference task, as well as for the professionals. There are limitations to the degree to which working in partnership with parents is possible, and to the extent to which the process could be described as empowering.

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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Social work with children - Great Britain.|Family social work - Great Britain.|Child welfare - Government policy - Great Britain.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
258

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