Culture and Child Protection: Reflexive Responses by Marie Connolly

By Marie Connolly

Providing prone which are culturally proper is an ongoing problem for practitioners, managers, and policy-makers in the social companies. tradition and baby security is a concise exploration of the shut hyperlinks among social provider practices and cultural values which bargains a culturally delicate version of kid safeguard practice.

The authors display the ways that a mix of private, expert and societal attitudes frequently impact perform judgements. In a context the place kids from ethnic minorities dominate the welfare information of the Western economies, the authors argue opposed to a reliance on inflexible methods to operating with specific ethnic teams. They suggest potent substitute thoughts that might support social staff in responding safely to varied cultural wishes and conditions. Implications of cultural distinction also are thought of with appreciate to classification, socio-economic staff, gender and age, reinforcing the necessity to understand broader interpretations of distinction inside of perform. This booklet is filled with built-in examples and case experiences and likewise discusses wider perform concerns, comparable to operating with offenders, the impression of investment restraints and the dynamic of reflexivity in perform and supervision.

tradition and baby security is a key textual content that might support social employees and tradition lecturers to appreciate the ways that cultural considering impacts and shapes baby safety practice.

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ETHNIC CULTURE, CHILD PROTECTION AND THE PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT / 51 External variables Both external and internal cultural variables influence the self in context. External variables are those influences which exist in a person’s environmental context. The familial environment is an important external variable that helps the worker to understand how family is defined. For example, does the definition of family include parents, partners, siblings, children, grandparents, uncles and aunts, those who are biologically related and/or those who are not?

A logical consequence to this is that perceptions of the child protection problem will be unique to each client or family, as will help-seeking behaviour (Lee and Greene, 1999). Understanding how the client or family perceives the problem enables child protection practitioners to work in a more culturally responsive way with clients or families in developing viable solutions (Lee and Greene, 1999). 2. 2: Cultural identity shaping both perceptions and solutions. Source: adapted from A social constructivist framework for integrating cross-cultural issues in teaching clinical social work (Lee and Greene, 1999).

Inevitably, cross-cultural dynamics add to this complex mix. Cultural diversity enriches practice as we learn from people’s experiences and interpretations of their worlds. Pasts are culturally saturated, and it is easy to lose one’s way when navigating the cultural landscape of another. Indeed, one’s own cultural landscape is often so complexly embedded that its impact on our beliefs and understandings can sometimes be underestimated. Being so familiar, our own way of thinking and our own way of life can so easily seem ‘simply human’ to us: ‘it is other people who are ethnic, idiosyncratic, culturally 1 This chapter is partly drawn from ‘Cultural components of practice: Reflexive responses’ by M.

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