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    ‘Who do I turn to if something really bad happens?’ Key working and relationship-based practice in residential child care


    Swan, Maria and Holt, Stephanie and Kirwan, Gloria (2018) ‘Who do I turn to if something really bad happens?’ Key working and relationship-based practice in residential child care. Journal of Social Work Practice, 32 (4). pp. 447-461. ISSN 0265-0533

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    Abstract

    This article explores the psychodynamics of relationship-based practice from the perspective of young people in residential care. This research involved qualitative semi-structured interviews with 10 care leavers, aged 18–24 years, who had been in residential care in Ireland. Drawing selectively from that research, this article reports their views and experiences of key-working and how relationship- based practice acted as a reparative method within their experiences of care and aftercare. Similar to previous research, this study underscores the necessity to ensure that children in care are cared for and supported by a trusted adult. In addition, based on this study, the role of a key worker appears capable of providing this ideal type of supportive relationship. It also highlights the importance of the care system working to provide consistency and support for the young people and confirms the importance of relationships with trusted adults, such as key workers.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Relationship-based practice; young care leavers; continuity; key worker; key working;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Applied Social Studies
    Item ID: 11190
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2018.1503161
    Depositing User: Gloria Kirwan
    Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 15:58
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social Work Practice
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
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