Predictors of social service contact among teenagers in England

Henderson, Morag, Scourfield, Jonathan, Cheung, Sin Yi and Sharland, Elaine (2015) Predictors of social service contact among teenagers in England. British Journal of Social Work, 46 (6). pp. 1485-1501. ISSN 0045-3102

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Very few UK studies make use of longitudinal general population data to explore social service contact for children and young people. Those that do only look at specific interventions such as care placements. This paper seeks to address this gap by asking to what extent do structural, neighbourhood, familial and individual characteristics predict social service contact. We provide an empirical answer by analysing the Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England, which includes data on social service contact in connection with young people's behaviour. Our findings indicate that social class, gender, ethnicity, stepfamily status and special education needs are all significant predictors of social service contact. Difficult parent–child relationships, frequent arguments and parents' lack of engagement with school meetings also matter, as does young people's own risk-taking behaviour. We conclude with a discussion of the limitation of the data for social work research and the implications of the findings.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Social Services, young people, behaviour problems, cohort studies
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Yasmin Ali
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2015 11:10
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 18:15

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