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Title: An examination of CAFCASS practice in addressing 'race' and culture when working with black minority ethnic families in contested contact and residence applications to court
Author: Goldstein, Beverley Prevatt
ISNI:       0000 0004 2670 4591
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis is an in-depth examination of the practice of the Children and Families Court Advisory and Support Service in working with the 'race' and culture of black minority ethnic families in contested contact and residence applications. It aims to arrive at a model of good practice in working with black families and at mechanisms to achieve this practice. The thesis is rooted in an anti-racist perspective and focuses on the service to those who are vulnerable to colour-based racism- black children and families. It is also rooted in a black feminist perspective and its focus encompasses differences in experiences of culture, oppression and privilege. Its methodology is qualitative with an emphasis on involving black communities, practitioners and service users in contributing to the framework within which practice is examined and presented and on hearing multiple voices. The research involved a triangulation of methods: focus groups, semi-structured interviews with practitioners and service users, the reading of court reports and organisational questionnaires to managers and administrators. The majority of service users interviewed and families in the court reports read were South Asian.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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