'I may not know who I am, but I know where I am from': The meaning of place in social work with children and families

Jack, Gordon (2015) 'I may not know who I am, but I know where I am from': The meaning of place in social work with children and families. Child and Family Social Work, 20 (4). pp. 415-423. ISSN 1365-2206

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12091

Abstract

Although social work around the world is understood to be a ‘person-in-environment’ activity, policy in UK places more emphasis on individual characteristics than on environmental influences on development and behaviour. This results in social work practice which rightly places a strong emphasis on children's attachments to their parents and other significant people, but which largely fails to recognize their attachments to important places in their lives. Evidence from a range of disciplines is used to demonstrate the fundamental links that exist between place, identity and well-being. The implications of this evidence for social work with children and families are explored, using practice examples to highlight some of the consequences of a lack of ‘place awareness’, as well as ways in which greater place awareness can be used to promote the well-being of children and families.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: assessment, attachment theory, child welfare, community-centred practice
Subjects: L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: Nicola King
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2014 10:04
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 15:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/15239

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