Creating a space to think in adversarial contexts: researching network meetings in statutory childcare interventions

Mandin, Philippe (2017) Creating a space to think in adversarial contexts: researching network meetings in statutory childcare interventions. Journal of Family Therapy, 39 (3). pp. 329-347. ISSN 0163-4445

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This research investigated complex relationships between parents and professionals involved in care proceedings, through detailed observations of network meetings – a practice developed in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service to engage with families and professionals in adversarial contexts. These take place at the border between the domain of court, often dominated by structural preoccupations, and the clinic valuing experience and relationships. Six meetings were recorded and observed by the researcher in the room. The methodology drew on a number of epistemological traditions to capture the complexity and multi-layered nature of knowledge and experience. The study evolved into an ethnography-inspired exploration of structures, relationships and emotions emerging in meetings and the adversarial context of care proceedings. Successful meetings managed tensions between a structure-dominated domain and the experience-near domain of the clinic while avoiding being dominated by either.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Engagement, Process Research, Network Meetings, Polarized Systems, Systemic Social Work
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Care
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Mr Mat Zaremba
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2017 10:02
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2017 10:02
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1615

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