Practitioner–Mother Relationships and the Processes that Bind Them

Lorraine Waterhouse, Janice McGhee

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Abstract / Description of output

This paper outlines a theoretical contribution to conceptualizing practitioner–mother relationships in child protection social work. It examines what is represented when these face-to-face encounters takes place. It suggests an intersubjective dimension where mothers are in effect asked to give an account of themselves. Drawing on humanities and social science writing, practitioner–mother relations are examined to analyse their symbolic and literal significance and the underlying purposes and assumptions that bind them. Butler's theory of recognition is utilized to alert us to the importance of supporting the narrative capacity of women caught up in child protection processes and of allowing the mother to give an account of herself as a woman and as a mother.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChild & Family Social Work
Early online date30 Apr 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • child protection
  • mothers
  • narrative capacity
  • relationship
  • social work


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