Discrimination in child protection work: recurring themes in work with Asian families
AuthorHumphreys, Catherine; Atkar, Sandeep; Baldwin, Norma
Source TitleChild and Family Social Work
University of Melbourne Author/sHumphreys, Cathy
AffiliationArts: School of Social Work
Document TypeJournal (Paginated)
CitationsHumphreys, C., Atkar, S., & Baldwin, N. (1999). Discrimination in child protection work: recurring themes in work with Asian families. Child and Family Social Work, 4(4), 283-291.
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When the relationships within the institutions and social practices of a society cannot be explained by the intentions, good or bad, of individual men and women, they can be described as structural (Weedon 1987, p. 3). This paper reports on research in a Midlands Social Services Department which examined child protection practice in relation to Asian families who had attended case conferences. The research shows that in spite of the good intentions of many individual workers, Asian families experienced a discriminatory service. Discriminatory policies and practices were perpetuated at an organizational level. Three themes from the research are explored: the use of interpreters, the accommodation of children, and the lack of attention to the mental and physical health of the child’s mother and father. Each theme is explored to highlight the issues which Asian families faced and the problems which created barriers to good practice.
KeywordsAsian families; black perspectives; child protection; interpreters; looked-after children; mental health
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