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Table of contents (9 chapters)
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
- social interactionism
- Erving Goffman
“From the description of the physical environment to the accounts of everyday discourse in practice management and more broadly in news media, our understanding of social work is enriched.” (Liz Beddoe, University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Authors and Affiliations
Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
About the author
Jadwiga Leigh is a Lecturer in the Sociological Studies Department at the University of Sheffield, UK. She qualified as a social worker in 2005 and has worked in both statutory and voluntary child protection settings. Teaching on the social work and sociology programmes, Leigh is interested in professional identity and affect/emotion in organisational culture.
Book Title: Blame, Culture and Child Protection
Authors: Jadwiga Leigh
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London
eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-47008-9Published: 07 June 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-47009-6Published: 23 May 2017
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XI, 255
Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations
Topics: Social Work, Sociology, Social Work and Community Development