The story of the PPO queen: the development and acceptance of a spoiled identity in child protection social work

Leigh, J. (2016) The story of the PPO queen: the development and acceptance of a spoiled identity in child protection social work. Child and Family Social Work, 21 (4). pp. 412-420. ISSN 1356-7500

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Abstract

The efficacy of child protection social work is regularly being questioned in the media as vociferous critics deride the profession for the apparent failings of its practitioners. This paper aims to examine the impact this hostility can have on practice and the relationship practitioners develop with their organization and subsequently the families they work with. By using autoethnography, a personal experience I encountered whilst working as a statutory social worker for an Emergency Duty Team will be explored in detail in order to analyse how discursive regimes can endorse and encourage particular ways of thinking and doing for social workers. I also intend to demonstrate that when workers operate in a risk averse environment, oppressive practices can develop subconsciously. These not only affect professionals’ values and assumptions but also fortify distance between the social worker and the client. If social work is to facilitate positive change in the current climate of uncertainty, then it is hoped that this story may enable both practitioners, and their critics, to recognize that being open to different forms of knowledge could lead to better outcomes for all involved. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

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Journal Article
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Child and Family Social Work
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130978
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31 Jan 2019 16:25
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Published
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