Understanding child, family, environmental and agency risk factors: findings from an analysis of significant case reviews in Scotland

Vincent, Sharon and Petch, Alison (2017) Understanding child, family, environmental and agency risk factors: findings from an analysis of significant case reviews in Scotland. Child & Family Social Work, 22 (2). pp. 741-750. ISSN 1356-7500

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12290

Abstract

This paper presents the findings from an analysis of 56 significant case reviews (SCRs) in Scotland. In contrast to England and Wales where national analyses have been undertaken for many years, until this study was undertaken, the findings from SCRs had not previously been collated nationally. The paper discusses child, parent, environmental and agency factors that were identified in the SCRs and, whilst noting that the pathways to death or harm will be unique in individual cases, tries to further our understanding of the ways in which these different factors may interact to result in death or harm. A significant finding was the high number of SCRs that relate to the care and protection of children living in families whose lives are dominated by drug use and the associated issues this brings, including criminality and neighbourhood problems. Another challenging finding was the lack of suitable resources for the placement and support of troubled teenagers. Finally, a number of SCRs involved long-term neglect and/or sexual abuse of school or nursery age children who had been known to statutory services for many years.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: child abuse; child abuse (neglect); child protection (policy and practice); risk in social work
Subjects: L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2016 15:23
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 12:03
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/26644

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