Exploring Barriers to Effective Social Work
Interventions for Non- engaging
Families with Children Services
Abstract
Families play an important role in supporting positive outcomes in children services within the social work context. Their support, involvement and engagement are fundamental in helping the achievement of the intended results and outcomes in children services. Therefore, families that do not want to engage with children services have detrimental effects on the practice?s outcomes. Forrester et al (2012) explain that although families? resistance or inability to engage with children services is a ubiquitous feature in family and child social work, there has been limited research directed towards it. This dissertation focuses on this issue with specific reference to the barriers to effective social work interventions regarding families who resist engagement with social services. Seven barriers have been identified which, it is argued, significantly affect social work interventions on affected families. Several relevant and available study findings regarding these barriers are reviewed to understand the challenges that they present. Based on the findings of this review, appropriate solutions are recommended. These are critical to enhancing the effectiveness of social work interventions, especially on families who do not want to engage with children services. It is concluded that addressing these barriers to effective social work interventions provides an opportunity of contributing to better and improved social work practice outcomes by increasing families? engagement and also making contributions to social work theory.
Key Words: Barriers, families, social work interventions, engagement, children services
Table of Contents
TOC o “1-3” h z u HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714435” Abstract PAGEREF _Toc520714435 h 2
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714436” CHAPTER 1 PAGEREF _Toc520714436 h 4
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714437” INTRODUCTION PAGEREF _Toc520714437 h 4
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714438” Hypothesis PAGEREF _Toc520714438 h 7
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714439” The objectives of embarking on this research are: PAGEREF _Toc520714439 h 8
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714440” CHAPTER 2: LITERATURE REVIEW PAGEREF _Toc520714440 h 8
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714441” 1.1 The Barrier of Obtaining the Cooperation of Complex Families Needing Services PAGEREF _Toc520714441 h 13
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714442” 1.2 The Barrier of Complex Cases Involving Families that are Reluctant to Allow for Long-term Relationship with the Children?s Services PAGEREF _Toc520714442 h 14
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714443” 1.3 The Barrier of Perception of Irrelevancy of Children Services PAGEREF _Toc520714443 h 15
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714444” 1.4 The Barrier of Gaining the Commitment and Maintaining Cooperation of Other Agencies PAGEREF _Toc520714444 h 17
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714445” 1.5 The Barrier of Service Delivery Factors Limiting Engagement PAGEREF _Toc520714445 h 18
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714446” 1.6 The Barrier of Disapproval or Hostility towards the Children Services from Family Members PAGEREF _Toc520714446 h 20
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714447” 1.7 The Barrier of Stigma or Suspicion PAGEREF _Toc520714447 h 21
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714448” CHAPTER 3: METHODOLOGY PAGEREF _Toc520714448 h 22
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714449” CHAPTER 4: RESULTS PAGEREF _Toc520714449 h 26
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714450” CHAPTER 5: DISCUSSION PAGEREF _Toc520714450 h 31
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714451” CHAPTER 6: CONCLUSION PAGEREF _Toc520714451 h 39
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714452” CHAPTER 7: LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY PAGEREF _Toc520714452 h 39
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714453” CHAPTER 8: RECOMMENDATIONS PAGEREF _Toc520714453 h 40
HYPERLINK l “_Toc520714454” References PAGEREF _Toc520714454 h 41