Journal Article

Identifying Families with Multiple Problems: Perspectives of Practitioners and Managers in Three Nations

Trevor Spratt and John Devaney

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 39, issue 3, pages 418-434
Published in print April 2009 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcm151
Identifying Families with Multiple Problems: Perspectives of Practitioners and Managers in Three Nations

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Whilst child welfare systems in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States may share a number of common goals, they are not designed to identify families with multiple problems. Where system output measures have been utilised as proxy measures to detect such families they indicate the presence of families in the population served by child and family social work. In interviews with practitioners and managers working within contrasting welfare systems, we explore how families with multiple problems are identiifed, what repsonses they currently recieve and how their needs might be better met.

Keywords: child welfare; child protection; multi problem families; system output measures; international comparisons

Journal Article.  6714 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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