Talking to vulnerable children on their terms helps build trust.

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Newspaper coverage of the ESRC study Talking and Listening to Children. Article sets out to explore the key findings from the study, focuding on the enablers and barriers regarding social workers' communication with children. The article looks at the impact of the Northern Ireland 'troubles' on the role of the social worker. 

Period13 Oct 2017

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Media coverage

  • TitleTalking to vulnerable children on their terms helps build trust.
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletGuardian Newspaper
    Media typePrint
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionThe coverage reports findings from a three-year nationwide study of how social workers communicate with children, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The study involved social workers in all four countries of the UK, and was led by academics from the universities of Sussex, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Queen’s Belfast.

    The study set out to examine: the everyday tasks of social workers and how they engage and communicate with children; how much access they are given by parents; and how they can best draw out the information they need to know about children’s lives in order to do their job effectively. Inevitably, all of this is shaped by seven years of cuts in public services, leading to more people needing to access social workers whose work, in turn, has been driven increasingly by financial and time constraints.
    PersonsGillian Ruch, Karen Winter, Viv Cree, Fiona Morrison