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Title: Making sense of each other : lived experiences and told stories of child protection social workers and asylum-seeking families
Author: Dalikeni , Colletta
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2013
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Although Ireland has become an increasingly multi-cultural society since the mid- 19905, changing from a country of emigration to one of immigration, as a result of this multiculturalism the Irish Government has embarked on several commendable initiatives. These changes have yet to be fully recognised within the Child Protection and Child Welfare system (CPCWS). The development of national guidelines in recent times has failed to provide adequate guidance for social workers on how to effectively respond to asylum-seeking families who are a relatively new service user group for community care teams. Much of current Irish research sheds limited light on how social workers ought to respond effectively to asylum seeking children (ASC) and their families within a child protection context, where families present with extremely complex needs resulting from forced migration. This study examines the experiences of (PWSW and asylum-seeking families (ASF) in the context of working together. The first of its kind in this field in the Republic of Ireland, the study design is primarily qualitative with an overall action research orientation. Research data was collected by use of a biographical narrative interviewing method (BN IM). The BNIM analysis method was used to analyse the first two interviews, this in-depth analysis formed the basis of the broader analysis using 'Framework Analysis.' The study highlights the need for appropriate and ongoing culturally competent training for social workers in this area. It is recommended that much reflective work is needed in community ca re teams to begin to shape future practice with ASF within the field of CPWSW. The findings from this study illustrate the complexity of social work practice in this area and provide the basis for future research. This recommendation is rooted in the enhanced model of cultural competence developed from the study's findings.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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