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The management of professional roles during boundary work in child welfare

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This article examines the ways in which child welfare professionals negotiate their roles and those of other professionals in home visits with clients, in this case the parents of young children. The concept of boundary work is developed within the context of the professional–client encounter. Drawing on Goffman’s concept of ‘footing’, the analysis examines how professionals attend to ways of constructing family problems in terms of appropriate professional interventions – both from themselves and others. It is argued that the careful consideration of how problems merit interventions displays an adherence to the development of the supportive relations which move beyond strict professional remits. The article adds to the research evidence, which sees inter-professional coordination as a complex matter, located in everyday practice rather than as advocating more tightly monitored procedure.
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HEALTH-CARE, SOCIAL-WORK, EDUCATION, DEMARCATION, child welfare, footing, home visiting, inter-professional work, role negotiation

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Hall, Christopher, Stef Slembrouck, Emma Haigh, and Anita Lee. 2010. “The Management of Professional Roles During Boundary Work in Child Welfare.” International Journal of Social Welfare 19 (3): 348–357.
APA
Hall, C., Slembrouck, S., Haigh, E., & Lee, A. (2010). The management of professional roles during boundary work in child welfare. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WELFARE, 19(3), 348–357.
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Hall C, Slembrouck S, Haigh E, Lee A. The management of professional roles during boundary work in child welfare. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WELFARE. 2010;19(3):348–57.
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Hall, Christopher, Stef Slembrouck, Emma Haigh, et al. “The Management of Professional Roles During Boundary Work in Child Welfare.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WELFARE 19.3 (2010): 348–357. Print.
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  abstract     = {This article examines the ways in which child welfare professionals negotiate their roles and those of other professionals in home visits with clients, in this case the parents of young children. The concept of boundary work is developed within the context of the professional--client encounter. Drawing on Goffman{\textquoteright}s concept of {\textquoteleft}footing{\textquoteright}, the analysis examines how professionals attend to ways of constructing family problems in terms of appropriate professional interventions -- both from themselves and others. It is argued that the careful consideration of how problems merit interventions displays an adherence to the development of the supportive relations which move beyond strict professional remits. The article adds to the research  evidence, which sees inter-professional coordination as a  complex matter, located in everyday practice rather than as  advocating more tightly monitored procedure.},
  author       = {Hall, Christopher and Slembrouck, Stef and Haigh, Emma and Lee, Anita},
  issn         = {1369-6866},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WELFARE},
  keyword      = {HEALTH-CARE,SOCIAL-WORK,EDUCATION,DEMARCATION,child welfare,footing,home visiting,inter-professional work,role negotiation},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {348--357},
  title        = {The management of professional roles during boundary work in child welfare},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2397.2010.00725.x},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2010},
}

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