Journal Article

Identifying Families with Multiple Problems: Possible Responses from Child and Family Social Work to Current Policy Developments

Trevor Spratt

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 39, issue 3, pages 435-450
Published in print April 2009 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online February 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcm150
Identifying Families with Multiple Problems: Possible Responses from Child and Family Social Work to Current Policy Developments

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In the development of family policy under New Labour there has been a growing tendency to identify groups who are likely to be high in lifetime costs to the state. Investment in such groups is seen as crucial. Whilst the economic case for current investment is compelling, idenitiying one of these groups, ‘families with multiple problems’ raises complex research problems and ethical issues. Reseach indicates that families with multiple problems may be identified on the caseloads of child and family social worker and there are claims that key events such as the registration of a child on the child protection register may indicate such multiple problems. This offers new opportunities for child and family social work to embrace less incident based ways of working in favour of longer term provision of services to address longer term risks.

Keywords: child welfare; social policy; child protection; investment state

Journal Article.  6501 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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