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Title: Direct work and home supervision requirements : a qualitative study exploring experiences of direct work from the perspectives of children, young people, and social workers
Author: Whincup, Helen
ISNI:       0000 0004 5361 3572
Awarding Body: University of Stirling
Current Institution: University of Stirling
Date of Award: 2015
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There is renewed interest in the role that direct work and relationship-based practice does, should, or could play, in social work practice with children and young people. This study used a qualitative approach to explore day-to-day direct work with children and young people who are ‘looked after’ at home, from the perspectives of children, social workers and those supervising practice. The thesis explores the meanings ascribed to direct work, and identifies factors which enable direct work, and those which act as barriers. The research was undertaken in Scotland, and although the legislation, policy, and guidance underpinning practice differ from other jurisdictions, the messages to emerge are relevant across the UK and beyond. The study found that despite the existence of barriers, direct work which is characterised as meaningful by children, young people and professionals does happen; and that the relationships formed between children and social workers are both a precursor to and an outcome of direct work. A core theme is that although individual relationships are central, the everyday encounters between children and their social workers need to be understood and situated within the personal, professional and structural contexts in which they take place.
Supervisor: Daniel, Brigid; Brownlie, Julie Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Direct work with children and young people ; Relationship-based practice ; Children and young people looked after at home ; Qualitative study ; Home care services Management ; Interpersonal relations ; Social work with children ; Social work with youth