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Running rings round law? An ecological approach to teaching law for child-centred practice

Running rings round law? An ecological approach to teaching law for child-centred practice
Running rings round law? An ecological approach to teaching law for child-centred practice
This paper explores the ways in which social workers can be helped to acquire the wider understanding of relevant legal frameworks which is currently necessary for child-centred practice, given the influence of an ecological perspective on such practice. It arises from the development of a module on child care social work and the community for the Post Qualifying Child Care Award by members of the Law and Social Work Departments at Brunel University.
The authors believe that to reach beyond a tokenistic acknowledgement of the ecological perspective requires an understanding and experience of the complex layers which make up the widening and complex social worlds of the child. The paper explains how social workers were encouraged to appreciate both the ever-widening circles of potentially relevant law and the different roles through which law operates. It concludes that a deeper engagement with the legal implications of an ecological dimension to practice would make such practice more effective and would also help combat social exclusion and discrimination.
ecological, child law, child protection, pqcca
0261-5479
493-503
Duncan, Tess
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Piper, Christine
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Piper, Christine
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Duncan, Tess, Piper, Christine and Warren-Adamson, Chris (2003) Running rings round law? An ecological approach to teaching law for child-centred practice. Social Work Education, 22 (5), 493-503. (doi:10.1080/0261547032000126434).

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This paper explores the ways in which social workers can be helped to acquire the wider understanding of relevant legal frameworks which is currently necessary for child-centred practice, given the influence of an ecological perspective on such practice. It arises from the development of a module on child care social work and the community for the Post Qualifying Child Care Award by members of the Law and Social Work Departments at Brunel University.
The authors believe that to reach beyond a tokenistic acknowledgement of the ecological perspective requires an understanding and experience of the complex layers which make up the widening and complex social worlds of the child. The paper explains how social workers were encouraged to appreciate both the ever-widening circles of potentially relevant law and the different roles through which law operates. It concludes that a deeper engagement with the legal implications of an ecological dimension to practice would make such practice more effective and would also help combat social exclusion and discrimination.

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Published date: 2003
Keywords: ecological, child law, child protection, pqcca

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Local EPrints ID: 34400
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/34400
ISSN: 0261-5479
PURE UUID: 877824b7-f1b3-4d2d-a201-55552fb6cf5a

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Date deposited: 16 May 2006
Last modified: 17 May 2019 16:31

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Author: Tess Duncan
Author: Christine Piper
Author: Chris Warren-Adamson

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