Grandparent carers, child protection practice, and the best interests of children: a case study

Gair, Susan, and Zuchowski, Ines (2019) Grandparent carers, child protection practice, and the best interests of children: a case study. Australian Social Work, 72 (3). pp. 299-311.

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Abstract

Increasingly, grandparents are involved in the care of grandchildren, particularly after child safety concerns. Some grandparents, because of changed circumstances, relationships, or decisions made, can experience reduced or lost contact with grandchildren. A recent qualitative, collaborative study explored how relationships between grandparents and their grandchildren could be optimised after child safety concerns. Many grandparents in that study spoke of the frustration of being overlooked in decision-making about their grandchildren, even when they had been providing primary care for the grandchildren. The purpose of this article is to provide a brief background study context, before presenting a case study of one family’s ongoing struggles to maintain the children in the grandparents’ care. The presented case study has relevance for social work education and training and more widely, for all students and practitioners in the child protection field.

Item ID: 58838
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0748
Keywords: grandparent carers; grandchildren; child protection practice; best interests of children
Copyright Information: © 2019 Australian Association of Social Workers
Funders: James Cook University
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2019 00:25
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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