Journal Article

Temporal Discrimination and Parents with Learning Difficulties in the Child Protection System

Tim Booth, David McConnell and Wendy Booth

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 36, issue 6, pages 997-1015
Published in print September 2006 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online December 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch401
Temporal Discrimination and Parents with Learning Difficulties in the Child Protection System

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This article shows how time works against parents with learning difficulties in the child protection system and Children Act proceedings. The prevailing wisdom, embedded in policy and the literature, is that delay in care cases is bad for the child and may jeopardize his or her future. This paper shows how the pressure to avoid delay might itself be harming some families, especially parents with learning difficulties. Drawing on interviews with social work practitioners undertaken as part of a larger study, the authors describe the various forms of temporal discrimination that impact on this group of disabled parents. They conclude that procedural time limits make it harder for parents with learning difficulties to meet the standards and expectations enforced by Children’s Services and the courts.

Keywords: parents; learning difficulties; child protection; time

Journal Article.  8688 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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