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Relationship-based practice and the creation of therapeutic change in long-term work with children and families: Social work as a holding relationship (2020)
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Ferguson, H., Disney, T., Leigh, J., Cooner, T. S., Beddoe, L., & Warwick, L. (in press). Relationship-based practice and the creation of therapeutic change in long-term work with children and families: Social work as a holding relationship. Journal of Social Work Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2020.1837105

Relationship-based practice has become a dominant theory through which what goes on between social workers and service users is understood. However, the presence of a relationship explains little and much more critical attention needs to be given to... Read More about Relationship-based practice and the creation of therapeutic change in long-term work with children and families: Social work as a holding relationship.

Hostile Relationships In Social Work Practice: Anxiety, hate and conflict in long-term work with involuntary service users (2020)
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Leigh, J., Cooner, T. S., Disney, T., Beddoe, L., & Warwick, L. (in press). Hostile Relationships In Social Work Practice: Anxiety, hate and conflict in long-term work with involuntary service users. Journal of Social Work Practice,

While recognition that some service users do not want social work involvement has grown in recent years, little research has explored how relationships between social workers and ‘involuntary clients’ look and feel like in practice and are... Read More about Hostile Relationships In Social Work Practice: Anxiety, hate and conflict in long-term work with involuntary service users.

Revealing the hidden performances of social work practice: The ethnographic process of gaining access, getting into place and impression management (2020)
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Leigh, J., Disney, T., Warwick, L., Ferguson, H., Beddoe, L., & Cooner, T. S. (2020). Revealing the hidden performances of social work practice: The ethnographic process of gaining access, getting into place and impression management. Qualitative Social Work, https://doi.org/10.1177/1473325020929067

Whilst the empirical process of research highlights substantive findings, understanding the methodological approach in which access is gained and sustained on field sites is also an integral part of the data. Gaining access in ethnographic studies, i... Read More about Revealing the hidden performances of social work practice: The ethnographic process of gaining access, getting into place and impression management.

The nature and culture of social work with children and families in long‐term casework: Findings from a qualitative longitudinal study (2020)
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Ferguson, H., Warwick, L., Cooner, T. S., Leigh, J., Beddoe, L., Disney, T., & Plumridge, G. (2020). The nature and culture of social work with children and families in long‐term casework: Findings from a qualitative longitudinal study. Child and Family Social Work, 25(3), 694-703. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12746

Social work in the United Kingdom is preoccupied with what social workers cannot do due to having limited time to spend with service users. Yet remarkably little research has examined what social workers actually do, especially in long-term relations... Read More about The nature and culture of social work with children and families in long‐term casework: Findings from a qualitative longitudinal study.

From snapshots of practice to a movie: Researching long-term social work and child protection by getting as close as possible to practice and organisational life (2019)
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Ferguson, H., Leigh, J., Beddoe, L., Singh Crooner, T., Disney, T., Warwick, L., & Plumridge, G. (2019). From snapshots of practice to a movie: Researching long-term social work and child protection by getting as close as possible to practice and organisational life. British Journal of Social Work, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcz119

Research into social work and child protection has begun to observe practice to find out what social workers actually do, however no such ethnographic research has been done into long-term practice. This paper outlines and analyses the methods used i... Read More about From snapshots of practice to a movie: Researching long-term social work and child protection by getting as close as possible to practice and organisational life.

“Isn't it funny the children that are further away we don't think about as much?”: using GPS to explore the mobilities and geographies of social work and child protection practice (2019)
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Disney, T., Warwick, L., Ferguson, H., Leigh, J., Cooner, T. S., Beddoe, L., …Osborne, T. (2019). “Isn't it funny the children that are further away we don't think about as much?”: using GPS to explore the mobilities and geographies of social work and child protection practice. Children and Youth Services Review, 100, 39-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.02.029

Social work is an inherently mobile and spatial profession; child protection social workers travel to meet families in diverse contexts, such as families' homes, schools, court and many more. However, rising bureaucracy, managerialism and workloads a... Read More about “Isn't it funny the children that are further away we don't think about as much?”: using GPS to explore the mobilities and geographies of social work and child protection practice.