Exploring approaches to child welfare in contexts of domestic violence and abuse : family group conferences

Rogers, MM and Parkinson, KP 2017, 'Exploring approaches to child welfare in contexts of domestic violence and abuse : family group conferences' , Child & Family Social Work .

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Abstract

This article sets out to explore service provision for families affected by domestic violence and abuse (DVA). For most families where there are child protection concerns, there are possibilities for intervention from child welfare agencies and domestic abuse services but these have been criticised as having distinct and disconnected practice cultures and orientation. Recognising this divergence, in this paper we advocate for safeguarding children affected by DVA using the family group conference (FGC) model. This offers possibilities for a coherent response which integrates both child- and women-centred concerns in a holistic approach to family safety and wellbeing. Furthermore, it is well documented that safeguarding work involves professionally-led decision-making which is pre-occupied with the management of risk. Family group conferences, however, promote a partnership approach which engages families in a more democratic decision-making process. As such, FGCs offer families the opportunity to develop their own safety and support plans for the protection and care of children recognising the family's inherent strengths.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Child & Family Social Work
Publisher: Wiley
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Depositing User: MM Rogers
Date Deposited: 31 May 2017 12:31
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2017 04:29
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42461

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