By Marie Connolly
Offering prone which are culturally proper is an ongoing problem for practitioners, managers, and policy-makers in the social providers. tradition and baby safety is a concise exploration of the shut hyperlinks among social provider practices and cultural values which deals a culturally delicate version of kid safety perform. The authors show the ways that a mixture of non-public, expert and societal attitudes frequently impression perform judgements. In a context the place young ones from ethnic minorities dominate the welfare information of the Western economies, the authors argue opposed to a reliance on inflexible methods to operating with specific ethnic teams. They suggest potent substitute suggestions that would support social staff in responding correctly to varied cultural wishes and situations. Implications of cultural distinction also are thought of with appreciate to type, socio-economic team, gender and age, reinforcing the necessity to recognize broader interpretations of distinction inside perform. This ebook is stuffed with built-in examples and case reports and likewise discusses wider perform concerns, reminiscent of operating with offenders, the influence of investment restraints and the dynamic of reflexivity in perform and supervision. tradition and baby security is a key textual content that might support social employees and tradition lecturers to appreciate the ways that cultural considering impacts and shapes baby safeguard perform.
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As stated earlier, cultural identity is informed by multiple aspects and culture is not a concept that belongs only to migratory populations or minority ethnic groups. Social constructivism can be applied whenever workers confront diversity in practice – essentially in all practice encounters. 540) notes: ‘Social workers will listen, explore, 50 / CULTURE AND CHILD PROTECTION conceptualize, and intervene in a more complex and effective manner if every client– worker relationship is perceived as constituted by a combination of similarities and differences…’.
Having explicit cultural knowledge does not necessarily protect a worker from being influenced by tacit cultural assumptions. Indeed, as noted earlier, such knowledge can give the illusion of cultural sensitivity while cross-cultural misunderstandings remain camouflaged. Being aware of the potential impact of one’s own cultural thinking helps to avoid unintended consequences that may emerge from client/worker misunderstandings. Hence, cultural selfknowledge can be seen as the first step toward understanding the components of cultural practice.
While it is clearly unrealistic to critically reflect upon every practice encounter, doing so from time to time, with different practice relationships, can have the effect of sensitising a worker to cultural thinking responses. Here we are talking about critical reflection in retrospect, and generally it is discussed in this way (Fook, 1999). However, workers could also practice critical reflection during practice encounters. Being able to think about and respond to reflexive reactions during a session (and, thereby, understanding the driving forces within the interview) would seem to be preferable to fixing it up later.