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Parenting and risk

Rachel Hek

in Growing up with risk

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347329
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302469 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347329.003.0007
Parenting and risk

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This chapter focuses on the ways risk is defined and applied in relation to social work with families. First, it considers policy and practice in relation to child welfare. The chapter highlights how risk is viewed and identified by government policy makers and social-care-service providers. Second, it considers the experiences of families who have been pulled into the child-welfare system through an examination of research that looks at their views – in particular drawing on work carried out by the National Evaluation of the Children's Fund. Parents' and children's views are contrasted with those of service providers, and with policy, in order to examine if and how they coincide.

Keywords: social work; risk assessment; families; child welfare; Children's Fund; parents; children

Chapter.  7038 words. 

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