What parents value from formal support services in the context of identified child abuse

Hardy, Fotina and Darlington, Yvonne (2008) What parents value from formal support services in the context of identified child abuse. Child and Family Social Work, 13 3: 252-261. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2206.2008.00545.x

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Author Hardy, Fotina
Darlington, Yvonne
Title What parents value from formal support services in the context of identified child abuse
Journal name Child and Family Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-7500
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2008.00545.x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 13
Issue 3
Start page 252
End page 261
Total pages 10
Place of publication Oxford UK
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell
Language eng
Subject C1
940112 Families and Family Services
160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Abstract Parents whose children are identified as having experienced or being at risk of experiencing significant harm potentially provide an invaluable dimension to our understanding of the circumstances that result in child abuse or neglect and how best to respond to these invariably complex situations. This paper reports findings from a study of the experiences of six parents. In-depth interviews were conducted with four mothers and two fathers who had been referred to an intensive family support service by the Queensland statutory child protection authority. Using a critical ecological perspective, the study focused on identifying and understanding the experiences of the parents in using formal family support services, including aspects of service delivery that were helpful or unhelpful. Parents also commented on their experiences of statutory child protection services. Service components and worker qualities that parents identified as being helpful included being accessible, targeted and integrated and being able to meet a continuum of needs, from a micro to a broader level. Their reports provide invaluable insight into how formal family support services, including child protection services, can better meet the needs of parents in addressing the recurring problem of child maltreatment.
Keyword child abuse and neglect
family support
parental perspectives
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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