Why is history important at moments of transition? The case of ‘transformation’ of Irish child welfare via the new Child and Family Agency

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/323384
Title:
Why is history important at moments of transition? The case of ‘transformation’ of Irish child welfare via the new Child and Family Agency
Authors:
McGregor, Caroline
Citation:
McGregor C. Why is history important at moments of transition? The case of ‘transformation’ of Irish child welfare via the new Child and Family Agency. European Journal of Social Work 2014 June 23 [published online]
Publisher:
European Journal of Social Work
Journal:
European Journal of Social Work
Issue Date:
Jun-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/323384
DOI:
10.1080/13691457.2014.927833
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13691457.2014.927833
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This paper provides a critical commentary on researching social work in transition to make the case for why history is important at crucial moments of change. The present transition of child protection and welfare practice from a Health Services Executive Structure to an Independent Child and Family Agency (Tusla) is focused on for illustration. This development signifies a major transition of services within the country influenced by a number of factors, most notably a number of high profile cases of child abuse within institutions in the past and child deaths/neglect cases in the present. In particular, a discourse of prevention, early intervention and the promotion of children's rights are most dominant in light of a quest to purge the mistakes of the past. Supported by a history of the present approach, the author argues that while the existence of a ‘discursive shift’ typified by the establishment of an independent agency is arguably conclusive, the evidence of changes in practice, culture and underpinning analytical approaches is much more vague and complex. The paper concludes with reflections on implications for a wider European and global context and a call for the need for more critically informed approaches to history to inform present transformations.
Keywords:
SOCIAL WORK; CHILD WELFARE; HEALTH SERVICES AND THEIR MANAGEMENT
ISSN:
1369-1457; 1468-2664

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMcGregor, Carolineen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-17T15:20:40Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-17T15:20:40Z-
dc.date.issued2014-06-
dc.identifier.citationMcGregor C. Why is history important at moments of transition? The case of ‘transformation’ of Irish child welfare via the new Child and Family Agency. European Journal of Social Work 2014 June 23 [published online]en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1369-1457-
dc.identifier.issn1468-2664-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13691457.2014.927833-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/323384-
dc.descriptionThis paper provides a critical commentary on researching social work in transition to make the case for why history is important at crucial moments of change. The present transition of child protection and welfare practice from a Health Services Executive Structure to an Independent Child and Family Agency (Tusla) is focused on for illustration. This development signifies a major transition of services within the country influenced by a number of factors, most notably a number of high profile cases of child abuse within institutions in the past and child deaths/neglect cases in the present. In particular, a discourse of prevention, early intervention and the promotion of children's rights are most dominant in light of a quest to purge the mistakes of the past. Supported by a history of the present approach, the author argues that while the existence of a ‘discursive shift’ typified by the establishment of an independent agency is arguably conclusive, the evidence of changes in practice, culture and underpinning analytical approaches is much more vague and complex. The paper concludes with reflections on implications for a wider European and global context and a call for the need for more critically informed approaches to history to inform present transformations.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEuropean Journal of Social Worken_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13691457.2014.927833en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to European Journal of Social Worken_GB
dc.subjectSOCIAL WORKen_GB
dc.subjectCHILD WELFAREen_GB
dc.subjectHEALTH SERVICES AND THEIR MANAGEMENTen_GB
dc.titleWhy is history important at moments of transition? The case of ‘transformation’ of Irish child welfare via the new Child and Family Agencyen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalEuropean Journal of Social Worken_GB
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