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Containment: Exploring the concept of agency in children's statutory encounters with social workers

Morrison, Fiona, Cree, Viviene, Ruch, Gillian, Michelle, Karen, Hallett, Sophie and Hadfield, Mark 2019. Containment: Exploring the concept of agency in children's statutory encounters with social workers. Childhood 26 (1) , pp. 98-112. 10.1177/0907568218810101

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Abstract

This article examines children’s agency in their interactions with social workers during statutory encounters in a child protection context. It draws from a UK wide ethnographic study. It finds that much of social workers’ responses to children’s agency in this context are best understood as a form of ‘containment’. In doing so, it offers an original and significant contribution to the theoretical understanding of children’s agency, as well as its application in social work practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0907-5682
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 25 September 2018
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 16:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/116397

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