New Directions in Children’s Welfare: Professionals, Policy and Practice

  • Sharon Pinkney


The introductory chapter starts with a reflection from the author’s personal experience of social work practice and working with a family where the children are neglected and on the child protection register as a result. A strong case is made for reflective writing and practice in which the author situates herself within her memory of a poor northern working-class childhood. The case is made against essentialism and pathologising individuals who are suffering poverty and social inequality. The chapter then introduces the rest of the chapters in the book.


Reflective practice Reflective writing Reflective models Poverty Social inequality 


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  • Sharon Pinkney
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  1. 1.Carnegie School of EducationLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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