Containment: Exploring the concept of agency in children’s statutory encounters with social workers

Fiona Morrison, Viv Cree, Gillian Ruch, Karen Winter, Mark Hadfield, Sophie Hallett

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
JournalChildhood
Early online date14 Nov 2018
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Publication statusEarly online date - 14 Nov 2018

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