Journal Article

White Mothers, Mixed-Parentage Children and Child Welfare


in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 29, issue 2, pages 269-284
Published in print April 1999 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 1999 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
White Mothers, Mixed-Parentage Children and Child Welfare

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It is now well documented that the majority of mixed-parentage children who enter the public care system in Britain have a white biological mother and a black African Caribbean father. This paper explores some of the underlying factors which increase the vulnerability of mixed-parentage children. The situation of white single mothers is examined in the context of ‘race’, class, gender and location in British society. Empirical findings from two recent research studies provide a profile of white single mothers and their children in receipt of social work help and assistance. Areas for further discussion are raised within this framework.

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Subjects: Social Work

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