A Critical and Reflective Discussion of Effective Practice to Protect Children Living in ‘Highly Resistant’ Families with Reference to the C4Eo Document

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A critical and reflective discussion of effective practice to protect children living in ‘highly resistant’ families with reference to the C4EO document

This essay upon reading the C4EO (2010) document will offer some critical and reflective discussion in regards to working to protect children living in ‘highly resistant ‘families.   The essay will make reference to the legal and policy framework that underpins social work practice in relation to child protection.   Reference will also be made to how social work practitioners can ensure they are promoting the rights of children, their families and carers during intervention.   This essay will predominantly concentrate on the skills social workers draw upon in order to work with ‘resistance’ and the theories that may be drawn upon to help break down barriers, build a trust basis and ultimately improve outcomes for both children and their families.   From a critical stance an attempt to explain and understand ‘highly resistant’ families will be explored with emphasis on what may have constituted to their ‘resistance’, how social workers can utilise their knowledge and skills to promote best practice and increase the likelihood of working in partnership with both vulnerable and often hard to engage families.

Social workers are often seen negatively and credit is not always given by the public and other professionals to their contribution to the caring profession, as it may be seen to those of the medical profession ‘still coming under the umbrella of the caring profession’.   Such stereotypical attitudes are often fuelled by the media and certainly in relation to when child protection cases go horribly wrong, a child dies as a result or is seriously harmed and a serious case review is called. When this happens “the denigration of social work and social workers...