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Constructing women in child protection work.

Author: Scourfield, Jonathan B.
Author Background: Cardiff U, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Date 2/2001
Type Journal
Journal Title: Child-and-Family-Social-Work.
Volume/Pages Vol 6(1): 77-87
Subject Matter Britian, Child Welfare; Client Characteristics; Women; Protective Services, Social Workers
Abstract Explores one aspect of gender construction in the child care social work office, by focusing on the construction of women as clients. The author presents an overview of social workers' expressed opinions about women in collegial talk, research interviews and case records. This paper is based on an ethnographic study of the occupational culture of a social work team in the UK. It is a discussion of some key aspects of social workers' construction of women as clients. Data were collected from observation of routine case talk, reading of case files and in-depth interviews with social workers. The conclusion of the research is that 3 defining discourses can be identified in the culture of the social work office: women as oppressed, women as responsible for protection, and women as making choices. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)