The Emotional and Sensory Dimensions of Child Welfare

  • Sharon Pinkney


This chapter explores the emotional and sensory dimensions of child welfare as an embodied practice which takes place across diverse sites, spaces and places. The argument is made that moving beyond voice and including creative, social, cultural and leisure interests should be an important part of the care planning. Emotional support for professionals and the way power works within organisations of child welfare are discussed. The issue of stigma and the difficulty of constructing normative narratives of self are raised particularly in relation to children in care. The implications for professional training and supervision are clear.


Emotional Sensory Embodied Smell Power Stigma Reflective supervision 


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

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