Morrison F, Cree V, Ruch G, Winter KM, Hadfield M & Hallett S (2018) Containment: Exploring The Concept Of Agency In Children’s Statutory Encounters With Social Workers. Childhood. https://doi.org/10.1177/0907568218810101
This article examines children's agency in their interactions with social workers during statutory encounters in a child protection context. It draws from a UK wide ethnographic study. It finds that much of social workers' responses to children's agency in this context are best understood as a form of 'containment'. In doing so, it offers an original and significant contribution to the theoretical understanding of children's agency, as well as its application in social work practice.
agency; sociology of childhood; child protection; ethnography; vulnerability; containment;
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