The assembly of active participation by parents of children subject to a multi-agency model of early intervention in child and family services

Lucas, Steven (2019) The assembly of active participation by parents of children subject to a multi-agency model of early intervention in child and family services. Child and Family Social Work. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1356-7500

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Abstract

The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) provides a model of early intervention, which is familiar in local authorities throughout England, and asserts a participatory framework of child and family engagement. This paper is based on a qualitative study of parents and children who were subject to a multi-agency process of early intervention in children’s social care in a local authority in the Midlands of England. I advance the concept of assemblage to consider the basis of an active service user participation as rather more a struggle to achieve than something which has been granted by practitioner agencies. Interview extracts are used to show the enrolment and assembly of participation as a process of service users developing their active human agency in a multi-agency setting. The article explores the assembling of skills in administration and management of meetings and plans, accessing knowledge and expertise through service user networks, and challenging professional expertise and institutional space while developing personal qualities of confidence and voice as a means of marshalling an effective participation in a multi-agency setting.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Lucas, Steven. The assembly of active participation by parents of children subject to a multi-agency model of early intervention in child and family services. Child and Family Social Work: 2019; 1-8, which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/cfs.12633. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: child and family social work, early intervention, multi‐agency working, partnership/empowerment,service users
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Social Science
Depositing User: Steven Lucas
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 11:59
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2019 11:59
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2764

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