Developing innovative models of practice at the interface between the NHS and child and family social work where children living at home are at risk of abuse and neglect: a scoping review

Luckock, Barry, Barlow, Jane and Brown, Christopher David (2015) Developing innovative models of practice at the interface between the NHS and child and family social work where children living at home are at risk of abuse and neglect: a scoping review. Child and Family Social Work. ISSN 1365-2206

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Abstract

The case has been made for introducing a rights-based, public health approach to child protection in England. A continuum of prevention is proposed, with multi-agency responses calibrated more carefully to the level of risk identified by children, parents and practitioners. The
aim was to allocate inter-professional authority and resources in such a way as to ensure the safeguarding response is proportionate to the nature and level of concerns expressed and reliable in achieving good
outcoSmes for children and parents alike. Recent research findings confirm the need for new models of service alignment and interprofessional responsibility at the interface of ‘primary’ and ‘specialist’ health-care services and ‘children’s social care’, where significant
safeguarding concerns are raised. This paper reports the findings of a scoping study, designed to establish the extent to which innovative practice methodologies have been implemented and evaluated in England to date. While the evidence to support the effectiveness of specific practice methodologies and contrasting logics of service design and implementation is shown to be very limited still, achieving
reliability and legitimacy in the safeguarding elationships established at the service interface seems to depend on the integrity of the dialogue facilitated in each case.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
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
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ0101 Child health. Child health services
Depositing User: Pascale Fanning-Tichborne
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 15:27
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 08:08
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53133

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Project NameSussex Project NumberFunderFunder Ref
‘Evaluation of the role and Impact of Innovative Models of Interfacing between the NHS and Children’s Social Care to Improve Outcomes for Children at Risk of Abuse and Neglect’UnsetDepartment of HealthUnset