Gaining Access to Data Sources in Statutory Social Work Agencies: The Long and Winding Road

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Abstract

This paper details a researcher's experience of gaining access to three statutory social work agencies in order to conduct a study examining how social workers respond to family support cases and how parents and carers experience the intervention of social workers in these cases. The stages in gaining access are outlined, the gate-keepers involved at each stage are identified and some of the difficulties encountered are highlighted and discussed. The paper concludes that researchers need to give greater priority to access considerations and that social work agencies need to give greater priority to co-operation with researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1193-1202
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Volume35(7)
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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