Judgements of Solomon: anxieties and defences of social workers involved in care proceedings

Taylor, Hilary, Beckett, Chris and McKeigue, Bridget (2008) Judgements of Solomon: anxieties and defences of social workers involved in care proceedings. Child and Family Social Work, 13 (1). pp. 23-31. ISSN 1356-7500

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Abstract

Evidence from focus group discussions with social workers in child care and child protection was collected for a research project exploring decision-making in care proceedings and seeking a better understanding of the causes of delay in the process. Here this material is used to examine social workers’ feelings about their work and to explore the anxieties they expressed. Isabel Menzies’s work on containing anxiety in institutions is used to provide a conceptual framework for thinking about the ways in which individuals’ unconscious defences against anxiety may affect the structure, policies and practices of the organization in which they work. It is suggested that this dimension needs to be taken into account in understanding difficulties which arise in putting policy into practice.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
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Depositing User: Chris Beckett
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2012 16:19
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2020 23:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/38107
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2007.00507.x

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