”I don’t think a lot of people respect us” – police and social worker experiences of interagency working with looked-after children

Dennis Kaip*, Lana Ireland, Joel Harvey

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Abstract

This original qualitative study investigated the experiences of police and social workers who worked closely with Looked-after Children (LAC) and each other in an inter-agency capacity. Participants were based in different local councils and police stations across various regions in Scotland including rural communities and the Northern Isles. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with an experienced cohort (n = 12). Those participants, police (n = 6) and social workers (n = 6), occupied different roles within their disciplines. The interview findings elicited three distinct main themes including numerous instances of traumatic experiences in working with LAC, some conflict in inter-agency working, and a lack of formal support in the workplace. The practical implications of those findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice
Early online date18 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Feb 2022

Keywords

  • social worker
  • police
  • looked-after children
  • multi-agency working
  • support
  • trauma

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