The trial continues …

Ian Butler and Mark Drakeford

in Social work on trial

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428684
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303565 | DOI:
The trial continues …

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The case of Maria Colwell provided a ready point of reference for the future reporting of child abuse. This chapter shows that there is a clear line of sight between the key elements that comprise the Colwell case and contemporary debates about social work, ‘problem families’ and how the state orders the relationship between the two. In general, the book has shown the role played by two social workers, Diana Lees and Daphne Josephine Kirby, in the case of Maria Colwell. It has also highlighted the need for a larger, more ambitious and aligned form of social work that respects the complexity of human and social organisation and which is predicated on a commitment to achieve a similar form of social justice that motivated the original architects of the welfare state.

Keywords: Maria Colwell; social work; child abuse; problem families; United Kingdom; Diana Lees; Daphne Josephine Kirby; social justice; welfare state

Chapter.  8741 words. 

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