Squeezing the toothpaste tube: will tackling court delay result in pre-court delay in its place?

McKeigue, Bridget and Beckett, Chris (2010) Squeezing the toothpaste tube: will tackling court delay result in pre-court delay in its place? British Journal of Social Work, 40 (1). pp. 154-169. ISSN 1468-263X

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcn119

Abstract

This article is the first to report on a study that tracked all the care proceedings initiated by an English local authority over a one-year period, obtaining factual information and opinions from the social workers involved in the case through the use of guided interviews. The main objective of the researchers was to contribute to understanding of ways in which children are kept waiting in difficult and insecure situations for decisions to be made about their long-term future. This article focuses in particular on the problem of delays that occur prior to a case coming into the court arena. The article offers evidence that current initiatives to reduce court delay may have the unintended result of increasing pre-court delay.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Care proceedings, court delay, pre-court delay, social work decision making
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2010 16:46
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2019 10:35
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/114637

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