This dissertation considers how such well-meaning disempowerment can occur, how often it occurs, and how social workers can avoid this phenomenon.
In so doing, it explores the current literature on the topic as secondary research.
This study examines the findings from the three inquiries established after his death, as well as the national review of social service care provisions.
Further, it explores Lord Laming’s report subsequent to the death of ‘Baby P’ and which considered the changes that had (or had not) occurred after his extensive review of the Victoria Climbié case.
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Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of UK Essays.The primary research options could include interviews with social workers, service users or a combination of the two.Ultimately, this dissertation hopes to offer advice on coping mechanisms for social work students.Suggested initial topic reading: The impact of multi-agency working on safeguarding children.A literature and practice-based review This dissertation examines factors such as an increased understanding of professional roles, communication, coherent service and tension reduction, and how these impact on professionals in multi-agency working practice.Secondly, the media not only created widespread awareness of not only the specific cases in Cleveland but in the issue of child abuse nationally; further, come families used this power of the media to call for re-investigation of their case, and thus the media was in part responsible for the restitution of children to their families..Thirdly, broad community perceptions were that social workers were the agents of removal, yet such removals were undertaken on the advice of medical professionals, and, in some cases, contrary to the advice of social workers.Focusing upon the role of the media and the lessons learned, this dissertation asks whether more still needs to be done to not protect those who are not guilty until so proven and the need for greater sensitivity from the press.In so doing, this case reviews the role of the press not only in the Cleveland case but in subsequent media-fuelled cases such as that of Baby P.Suggested initial topic reading: Learning to hold back: The practical application of empowerment in service users Empowerment is a key component of modern social work practice as it helps service users to identify means of effecting change.However, the wish to assist service users can be so strong that social workers can risk diminishing empowering service users.