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Barriers children face complaining about social work practice: A study in one English local authority

Diaz, Clive ORCID:, Pert, Hayley, Aylward, Tricia, Neill, Donna and Hill, Lauren 2020. Barriers children face complaining about social work practice: A study in one English local authority. Child and Family Social Work 25 (2) , pp. 460-468. 10.1111/cfs.12702

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Despite the introduction of guidelines and procedures aimed at encouraging and supporting children and young people to complain about the services they receive, children in care still face barriers to doing so in practice. This paper explores what happens when children in care are dissatisfied with the services they receive. Specifically, this study examines the complaints procedure for children in care. The findings are based on semistructured interviews with children in care, social workers, senior managers, and independent reviewing officers from one English local authority. Thematic analysis of these data identified five emergent themes: (a) complaints by children in care are managed at the lowest possible level, (b) senior managers have an overly optimistic view about children in care being informed of complaint procedures and being encouraged to do so, (c) children in care are worried about complaining, which is recognized by professionals, (d) children's voices are often not heard, and (e) when issues are clearly defined, independent reviewing officers have some degree of success in resolving complaints from children in care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1356-7500
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 September 2019
Date of Acceptance: 30 August 2019
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 07:42

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