Blame, Culture and Child Protection

  • Jadwiga Leigh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Pages 13-32
  4. England

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
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  5. Flanders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 219-255

About this book


In recent years child protection issues have dominated media and public discourse in the UK. This book offers a unique perspective by giving voice to those social workers working within a profession which has become increasingly embedded in a culture of blame. Exploring how statutory child protection agencies function, Leigh also reveals how ‘organisational culture’ can significantly affect the way in which social work is practised.

Providing a comparative analysis between the UK and Belgium, Leigh uses ethnography to illuminate the differences between the settings by examining how interactions and affected atmospheres impact on their identities. This book reveals how practitioners perceive themselves differently in such environments and explores the impact this has on their identity as well as the work they carry out with children and families. Leigh’s enquiry and compelling critique into social work, identity and organisations calls for mutual understanding and respect, rather than a culture of blame.


Social work organisation affect social interactionism ethnography atmosphere identity Goffman Children Families Professionalization Safeguarding Erving Goffman

Authors and affiliations

  • Jadwiga Leigh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociological StudiesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-47008-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-47009-6
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