Journal Article

Language and Practice: Minority Language Provision within the <i>Guardian ad litem</i> Service

RICHARD PUGH and ELERI JONES

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 29, issue 4, pages 529-545
Published in print August 1999 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 1999 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/29.4.529
Language and Practice: Minority Language Provision within the Guardian ad litem Service

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This article contends that language should be seen as an important element of social difference and not simply subsumed under ‘race’. While it acknowledges the complex role of language as perhaps the most significant means by which power is exercised, the primary focus is upon understanding language as an important aspect of differentiation that social service agencies need to consider. The results of a survey into Welsh language provision within the guardian ad litem service in Wales are described and used to develop a discussion on language policies, linguistic awareness, and anti-discriminatory practice more generally. The article contextualizes the Welsh results within the UK and offers suggestions as to how services might be improved. Finally, it restates the broader relevance of the study of language as a necessary element in the analysis of discrimination.

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Subjects: Social Work

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