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Title: The rhetoric and realities of 'everyday' information practices in child welfare : detail and direction
Author: Thompson, Kellie
ISNI:       0000 0004 2724 8321
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2010
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Since the death of Victoria Climbie (2000) and the subsequent public inquiry (Laming, 2003), the importance of 'information sharing' has been further emphasised through a raft of policy, legislative and practice developments. However, failures of information sharing continue, as highlighted in successive Serious Case Reviews (Brandon et al.,2008). In aiming to make a contribution to knowledge, this thesis reports on a doctoral project that has focused on the practical 'problem' of information sharing. The study has examined the 'local' enactment of information practices in the context of multi-professional responses to children in need and their families, at the stage of referral making and taking. Received notions of 'information' and 'information sharing' are problematised, through detailed qualitative analysis of information practices as described in professional accounts, and observed through ./ non-participant observation. Based on an ontology of 'practice', this thesis draws attention to the social organisation of information sharing - providing detailed understandings about the day-to-day contingencies and practical demands of information sharing that are less well documented in the extant literature, but nevertheless influence practice 'on the ground'. The thesis concludes with recommendations about how information practices might be improved in child protection.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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