The 'troubled' case of Rotherham

Crossley, Stephen and Leigh, Jadwiga (2017) The 'troubled' case of Rotherham. Critical and Radical Social Work, 5 (1). pp. 23-40. ISSN 2049-8608

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In March 2015, David Cameron announced that social workers may face up to five years' imprisonment if they 'wilfully neglect' child abuse. This announcement was made following the release of an independent inquiry report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. The author of this report was Louise Casey, Director General of the Troubled Families programme. Casey's findings not only raised a number of concerns about the way in which child sexual exploitation was handled by Rotherham, but also led to the potential criminalisation of social workers. In this article, we use a critical discourse analysis approach and Lukes's three-dimensional power framework to examine the inspection report. Our findings suggest that although approaches towards child sexual exploitation do need to improve, Casey's report may in fact prevent us from understanding what actually did happen in Rotherham, why it happened and what is required to minimise the chances of it happening again.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child sexual exploitation; discourse analysis; power; social work; troubled families
Subjects: L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Stephen Crossley
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2017 08:22
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 08:35

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