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Investing in children, regulating parents, thinking family: a decade of tensions and contradictions

Morris, Kate and Featherstone, Brid (2010). Investing in children, regulating parents, thinking family: a decade of tensions and contradictions. Social Policy and Society, 9(4) pp. 557–566.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746410000278
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Abstract

This article describes the contested and underdeveloped backdrop to ‘“whole family” approaches’, whereby families with care and protection needs are caught in a conflicting set of policy and practice expectations concerning responsibility to care whilst being positioned as families that fail. Questions are raised about how supported families are to navigate their way through these permissive and punitive policies and practices. We suggest that there is an urgent need for more ‘bottom–up’ research informed by the ethic of care to develop the kinds of policies and practices that might make it more possible for them to do so.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1474-7464
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care
Item ID: 30208
Depositing User: Brigid Featherstone
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 15:55
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:32
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30208
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