An impossible task? Implementing the recommendations of child abuse inquiry reports in a context of high workloads in child protection and welfare

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dc.contributor.author Burns, Kenneth
dc.contributor.author MacCarthy, Joe
dc.contributor.editor de Róiste, Áine
dc.contributor.editor Powell, Frederick W.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-05T11:26:13Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-05T11:26:13Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09
dc.identifier.citation Burns, Kenneth and MacCarthy, Joe (2012) "An Impossible Task? Implementing the Recommendations of Child Abuse Inquiry Reports in a Context of High Workloads in Child Protection and Welfare," Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies: Vol. 12: Iss. 1, Article 3. Available at: http://arrow.dit.ie/ijass/vol12/iss1/3 en
dc.identifier.volume 12 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 25 en
dc.identifier.endpage 37 en
dc.identifier.issn 1393-7022
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/732
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the issue of social workers’ caseloads in child protection and welfare in the Republic of Ireland. High caseloads impact on the type and quality of service provided to children and families, and on worker retention and job satisfaction. This exploratory paper examines the limited available evidence on social workers’ caseloads in the Republic of Ireland and presents data on child protection and welfare social workers’ perspectives on their caseloads drawn from a qualitative study. These analyses are set in the context of the Irish State’s commitments since the publication of the Ryan report. A central argument of this article is that the recommendations of successive child abuse inquiries in Ireland have given rise to expectations and demands on child protection and welfare teams that are not possible to meet given the increasing level of referrals and the high numbers of children for whom social workers are responsible. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Social Care Ireland en
dc.relation.uri http://arrow.dit.ie/ijass/vol12/iss1/3
dc.rights © Copyright Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies en
dc.subject Child protection and welfare en
dc.subject Caseloads en
dc.subject Workloads en
dc.subject Social work en
dc.title An impossible task? Implementing the recommendations of child abuse inquiry reports in a context of high workloads in child protection and welfare en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/A012/kburns 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.date.updated 2012-06-12T14:20:44Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 111265329
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies en
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes. Permission given by editor to Kenneth Burns. en
dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress k.burns@ucc.ie en


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