Balancing regulation and support in child protection: using theories of power to develop reflective tools for practice

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/617865
Title:
Balancing regulation and support in child protection: using theories of power to develop reflective tools for practice
Authors:
McGregor, Caroline
Affiliation:
Director of Social Work/Professor, NUI Galway.
Citation:
McGregor, C (2016) "Balancing regulation and support in child protection: using theories of power to develop reflective tools for practice" The Irish Social Worker Spring 2016, (p. 11-17).
Publisher:
Irish Association of Social Workers
Journal:
The Irish Social Worker
Issue Date:
1-Mar-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/617865
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
The aim of this paper is to explore the theme of Regulation and Support in Child Protection with a view to considering how selective use of abstract theory (in this instance, related to power) can be used to enhance existing practice guidance and tools for supervision. By way of illustration, I use the example of understanding the balance between support and regulation in Child Protection to show how theories of power can inform practice. The focus is specifically on the skill of mediating between care and control/support and regulation in child protection and welfare. A number of frameworks for reflection in supervision are proposed. The paper concludes with the argument that we need to think of power along a continuum from No power to All power, accepting that it is rarely the case that we find ourselves, our organisations or our service users with totally no power or absolute power.
Keywords:
CHILD PROTECTION; CHILD; REGULATION; SOCIAL WORK

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMcGregor, Carolineen
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-03T11:39:05Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-03T11:39:05Z-
dc.date.issued2016-03-01-
dc.identifier.citationMcGregor, C (2016) "Balancing regulation and support in child protection: using theories of power to develop reflective tools for practice" The Irish Social Worker Spring 2016, (p. 11-17).en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/617865-
dc.descriptionThe aim of this paper is to explore the theme of Regulation and Support in Child Protection with a view to considering how selective use of abstract theory (in this instance, related to power) can be used to enhance existing practice guidance and tools for supervision. By way of illustration, I use the example of understanding the balance between support and regulation in Child Protection to show how theories of power can inform practice. The focus is specifically on the skill of mediating between care and control/support and regulation in child protection and welfare. A number of frameworks for reflection in supervision are proposed. The paper concludes with the argument that we need to think of power along a continuum from No power to All power, accepting that it is rarely the case that we find ourselves, our organisations or our service users with totally no power or absolute power.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Association of Social Workersen
dc.subjectCHILD PROTECTIONen
dc.subjectCHILDen
dc.subjectREGULATIONen
dc.subjectSOCIAL WORKen
dc.titleBalancing regulation and support in child protection: using theories of power to develop reflective tools for practiceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDirector of Social Work/Professor, NUI Galway.en
dc.identifier.journalThe Irish Social Workeren
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