Making meaningful connections: using insights from social pedagogy in statutory child and family social work practice

Ruch, Gillian, Winter, Karen, Cree, Viv, Hallett, Sophie and Hadfield, Mark (2017) Making meaningful connections: using insights from social pedagogy in statutory child and family social work practice. Child and Family Social Work, 22 (2). pp. 1015-1023. ISSN 1356-7500

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Abstract

Reports into incidents of child death and serious injury have highlighted consistently concern about the capacity of social workers to communicate skilfully with children. Drawing on data collected as part of an Economic and Social Research Council funded UK-wide research project exploring social workers' communicative practices with children, this paper explores how approaches informed by social pedagogy can assist social workers in connecting and communicating with with children. The qualitative research included data generated from 82 observations of social workers' everyday encounters with children. Social pedagogical concepts of ‘haltung’ (attitude), ‘head, heart and hands’ and ‘the common third’ are outlined as potentially helpful approaches for facilitating the intimacies of inter-personal connections and enhancing social workers' capacity to establish and sustain meaningful communication and relationships with children in the face of austere social, political and organisational contexts.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2016 12:09
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2017 16:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/62433

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