An Investigation Into The Apparent Failure Of Child Protection Social Workers In Protecting Children

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An Investigation into the Apparent Failure of Child Protection Social Workers in Protecting Children


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Outline of the Research1

Background of the Research1

Hypothesis and Research Questions3

Research Aims and Objectives3

Time Scale for the Research4

Research Timeline6



Historical Context8

Concept of Child Protection9

Legal Framework of Social Protection of Children10

Practice of Social Work in Child Protection11

Scope of Social Service Delivery13

Objects and Subjects of Child Welfare16

Child Welfare Laws, Legal Mandate17

Understanding Violence Prediction Theory and Related Assessment Tools19



Outline of the Research

This research investigates the apparent failure of child protection social workers in protecting children. The study comprises of the following sections:

The first chapter introduces the topic of the research and provided the background, research scope, aims and objectives, research questions and time scale for the study.

The second chapter provides the appropriate and significant literature review for the selected research topic that signifies the past study in this field.

The third chapter provides a general idea about the research methodology that has been selected for this research. The methodology mainly includes; the research design, questionnaire design and framework, sampling technique, data collection method, ethical considerations for the research. In addition, reliability and validity of the survey is also defined in this chapter.

The fourth chapter provides the analysis of findings in a detailed manner so that a conclusive outcome can be obtained.

The fifth chapter summarizes the complete study and further presents future recommendations and limitations of the study.

Background of the Research

It is argued that child protection social workers sometimes fail to consider it relevant to engage with children in their daily practices despite it being a part of their professional obligation to include the views and opinions of children they are working with. This dissertation will attempt to explore failures on the part of child protection social workers and professionals to focus on the child in their practices, making it sometimes difficult to understand why and how children may be marginalised.

There is always an intense public quest for change and scrutiny of social services when a child accidentally dies while in the care of his/her parents or is killed by his/her parents or carers (Beckett, 2007). Child maltreatment and accidental death has existed since time immemorial (Corby, 2006) but the difference between then and now is that modern child protection procedures are regulated by the state and requires ...
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