Listening to Children in the Family Group Conference Setting Research Paper by michaelbourt

Listening to Children in the Family Group Conference Setting
An explanation of how social workers can benefit from the implementation of family group conferencing.
# 147294 | 4,525 words | 17 sources | APA | 2009 | GB
Published on Mar 13, 2011 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Sociology (Social Work)

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This paper discusses the field of social work focusing on listening to children in the family group conference setting. It shows that in a variety of respects family group conference setting offers a multitude of benefits to social work, and the paper is formed around a number of different areas which could potentially derive significant benefits from the use of such conferencing. It also examines the sociological foundation, the psychological issues involved in the Family Group Conference and the necessity of ensuring any new practice fits in with the basic core values and assumptions of social work. The paper also discusses the legal provisions for family group conferencing and the overall links between social work and social policy. Finally, the paper offers an outline of how this setting impacts upon social work practice in relation to children. Throughout the course of this work, continuing reference is made to two practical examples; City of York and in particular Essex family group conferencing. These two examples provide the empirical basis upon which much of the theoretical assumptions in this work rest.

Principles and Practice of Social Work
Law/Welfare Rights
Social Policy
Conclusion: The Implication for Social Work

From the Paper:

''Above all, the study of sociology is primarily concerned with the manner in which external social forces impact upon the individual. Such social forces can manifest themselves in a variety of forms. For example, community actors, social and class based societal groups, along with ethnic and religious forces all exert considerable influence upon individual development. However, the ultimate form of external impact for any individual comes in the form of their family (Allan, 1999; p.2). As such, the study of the family unit and its impact on the individual is hugely relevant for sociologists, social policy practitioners and social work professionals.
''This chapter will assess the nature and characteristics of sociology within the family and the relevance this has for listening to children within the Family Group Conference setting in social work practice. Above all, it will be shown that using the Family Group Conference technique has a considerable impact upon the traditional sociological outcomes of the family unit. Indeed, concepts such as empowerment are essential in understanding this process. Adopting Family Group Conference methods allows for a far greater level of empowerment on the part of a child or young person than would be possible in other social work practices relating to children. Naturally, consistent with this work as a whole, Essex County and Council and the City of York will be used as the primary empirical examples.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adams, R, Dominelli, L and Payne, M. (2002) Social Work: themes, issues and critical debates. London: Palgrave.
  • Allan, G (1999) The Sociology of the Family: a reader. London: Blackwell.
  • Barnardos, Family Rights Group and NCH. (2002) Family Group Conferences: principles and practice guidance. Basingstoke: Barnardos.
  • Banks, S (2001) Ethics and Values in Social Work (2nd Ed). Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Beresford, P and Croft, S. (1993) Citizen Involvement: a practical guide for change. London: Macmillan.

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