Journal Article

Do You Speak English? Language Barriers in Child Protection Social Work with Minority Ethnic Families

Ashok Chand

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 35, issue 6, pages 807-821
Published in print September 2005 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch205
Do You Speak English? Language Barriers in Child Protection Social Work with Minority Ethnic Families

Show Summary Details

Preview

This paper critically evaluates research and literature on child protection social work practice with minority ethnic families who speak little or no English. Though the focus is on child protection, many of the themes raised should be transferable across to other areas and disciplines. Specifically, the paper focuses on the limitations and difficulties of using professional interpreters in child protection work and covers themes like the availability of interpreters, the role of interpreters, suitability of interpreters, the interpretation of particular words and phrases, and manipulating the interpreting process. The paper then moves on to address the important but often neglected area of using children as interpreters, and ends by considering the broader issue of how language barriers can exacerbate discrimination against minority ethnic families.

Keywords: Interpreters; child protection; minority ethnic families; language; interpretation services

Journal Article.  7171 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.