Culture and child protection: reflexive responses by Marie Connolly

By Marie Connolly

Delivering prone which are culturally correct is an ongoing problem for practitioners, managers, and policy-makers in the social companies. tradition and baby security is a concise exploration of the shut hyperlinks among social provider practices and cultural values which deals a culturally delicate version of kid safeguard perform. The authors display the ways that a mixture of non-public, expert and societal attitudes usually impression perform judgements. In a context the place young ones from ethnic minorities dominate the welfare information of the Western economies, the authors argue opposed to a reliance on inflexible ways to operating with specific ethnic teams. They suggest potent substitute recommendations that might support social staff in responding correctly to different cultural wishes and situations. Implications of cultural distinction also are thought of with admire to classification, socio-economic crew, gender and age, reinforcing the necessity to understand broader interpretations of distinction inside of perform. This publication is filled with built-in examples and case reviews and in addition discusses wider perform concerns, equivalent to operating with offenders, the effect of investment restraints and the dynamic of reflexivity in perform and supervision. tradition and baby security is a key textual content that would support social staff and tradition lecturers to appreciate the ways that cultural considering impacts and shapes baby defense perform.

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While critical reflection has the potential to challenge professional practice and the need for practice change, importantly it can also confirm professional interpretations, consolidate professional knowledge, build practice wisdom and provide a sense of ‘being on track’. In general, practice literature within the child protection area has been largely contextual and dominated by research into abuse causation and behaviour. While this is clearly important, contributing as it does to a more in-depth understanding of the abuse dynamic, there has been little theorising and research into practice process in the abuse field.

Within this model, the culturalreflective model, the worker can identify culturally driven reactions, critically reflect upon them and explore the potential for developing reflective practice outcomes. Thus the model reinforces the possibility of reflexivity being a con- CULTURALLY REFLEXIVE RESPONSES IN ABUSE WORK / 37 scious process and, therefore, something that can be confronted and worked with as a micro-practice issue. 1 include processes of cultural thinking, critical reflection and reflective practice outcomes.

It transpires that Jane, on her deathbed, had placed a curse on Sam and Kelly. In the ensuing 13 years, Kelly and Sam both believed in the curse and that it was the reason for their continued bad luck. Kelly, in particular, is convinced the curse is real. She appears agitated and troubled in her discussions with the practitioners. Previous interventions following similar child protection notifications included sending Kelly and Sam on 54 / CULTURE AND CHILD PROTECTION parenting skills courses, and both parents had been encouraged to attend counselling.

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