Anxiety, defences and the primary task in integrated children’s services: enhancing inter-professional practice

Ruch, Gillian and Murray, Cathy (2011) Anxiety, defences and the primary task in integrated children’s services: enhancing inter-professional practice. Journal of Social Work Practice, 25 (4). pp. 433-449. ISSN 0265-0533

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Abstract

The past decade has seen substantial changes in the configuration of services for children and families in the UK. Most notably, the inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbié raised serious questions about the professional systems designed to safeguard children and the importance of professionals working effectively together to protect children. The research informing this paper was undertaken with a group of childcare social work practitioners and explored their everyday work experiences of the post-Climbié introduction of the Every Child Matters agenda and Integrated Children's Services. Through the application of psychodynamic and systemic concepts to the research findings, the paper identifies new perspectives on barriers to effective integrated working and makes suggestions for working practices that may overcome them.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: inter-professional working, anxiety, repetition compulsion, the primary task, work group and basic assumption mentalities, mirroring
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0040 Social service. Social work. Charity organization and practice Including social case work, private and public relief, institutional care, rural social work, work relief
Depositing User: Michael Davy
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2013 10:02
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 11:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45402

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