‘Private Family Arrangements’ for children in Ireland: The informal grey space in-between state care and the family home

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dc.contributor.author Burns, Kenneth
dc.contributor.author O'Mahony, Conor
dc.contributor.author Brennan, Rebekah
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-06T13:17:46Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-06T13:17:46Z
dc.date.issued 2021-02-22
dc.identifier.citation Burns, K., O’Mahony, C. and Brennan, R. (2021) '‘Private Family Arrangements’ for Children in Ireland: The Informal Grey Space In-Between State Care and the Family Home', The British Journal of Social Work, bcab032 (18 pp). doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcab032 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 18 en
dc.identifier.issn 0045-3102
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/11178
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/bjsw/bcab032 en
dc.description.abstract The literature on alternative care focuses overwhelmingly on formal, court-ordered placements; voluntary care placements are discussed less frequently. Least attention of all has been given to informal kinship care placements, where a child is cared for by relatives but is not formally in the legal care of state authorities. In Ireland, these placements, when facilitated by state authorities in lieu of a care order or voluntary care agreement, are known by professionals as ‘private family arrangements’. This article explores evidence which shows that the use of such arrangements is motivated partly by a concern for subsidiarity, and partly by necessity: they provide a source of placements in cases where regulatory requirements and a lack of resources would otherwise make the placement challenging or impossible. However, this strategy carries significant risks. Private family arrangements receive less support and oversight from state authorities than formal care placements, and family members providing care under this model have no legal rights or responsibilities in respect of the child(ren). This places the child(ren) in a precarious position and raises concerns regarding a lack of equity of care. The article will illustrate the impact of these concerns and make recommendations for reform. en
dc.description.sponsorship University College Cork (College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and School of Law) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en
dc.rights © The Author(s) 2021. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in the British Journal of Social Work following peer review. The version of record is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcab050 en
dc.subject Child protection en
dc.subject Children’s rights en
dc.subject Informal kinship care en
dc.subject Kinship diversion en
dc.subject Private family arrangements en
dc.title ‘Private Family Arrangements’ for children in Ireland: The informal grey space in-between state care and the family home en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Kenneth Burns, Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: k.burns@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.check.info Access to this article is restricted until 24 months after publication by request of the publisher. en
dc.check.date 2023-02-22
dc.date.updated 2021-04-06T11:36:26Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 556366691
dc.contributor.funder Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Ireland en
dc.contributor.funder Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service, Ireland en
dc.contributor.funder University College Cork en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle British Journal of Social Work en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress k.burns@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress conor.omahony@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress rebekah.brennan@ucc.ie
dc.identifier.eissn 1468-263X


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