Centre-based supervised child-parent contact in Ireland: the views and experiences of fathers, supervisors and key stakeholders

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dc.contributor.author Kiely, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, Nicola
dc.contributor.author Tobin, Mary
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-29T15:40:41Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-29T15:40:41Z
dc.date.issued 2019-03-07
dc.identifier.citation Kiely, E., O' Sullivan, N. and Tobin, M. (2019) 'Centre-based supervised child-parent contact in Ireland: The views and experiences of fathers, supervisors and key stakeholders', Children and Youth Services Review, 100, pp. 494-502. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.03.008 en
dc.identifier.volume 100 en
dc.identifier.startpage 494 en
dc.identifier.endpage 502 en
dc.identifier.issn 0190-7409
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7820
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.03.008 en
dc.description.abstract The paper presents findings from a study of centre-based supervised child-parent contact. The purpose of the research was twofold: to ascertain the views and experiences of birth fathers on all aspects of the supervised child-parent contact they experienced in a centre; and to find out from centre supervisors their views of engaging fathers and supervising contact, and from key stakeholders and referral agents (a community project worker, a child protection social worker, Guardians ad Litem and a family law solicitor) their perceptions of the supervised contact provision in the centre. Interviews with five fathers having supervised child-parent contact and three focus group discussions with seven staff members and six stakeholders were undertaken. While the study is exploratory, the findings show that gender is a feature meriting consideration in the supervised child parent contact setting; and that child-centred values, family-centred values and the demands of operating the centre are held in tension so that the purpose and scope of supervised contact can be interpreted and experienced differently. While optimal supervised child -parent contact is generally perceived as a short-term arrangement, there was some evidence of long-term service use, which was a significant issue for the fathers concerned. The fathers valued relationship-based supervision practice to a greater extent than the supervisor and stakeholder participants, who put greater emphasis on skills required for supervision. Fathers expressed concerns about what they or their children can say or do during contact visits in view of how it may be observed, interpreted and reported. The findings suggest the need for a gender-sensitive approach in supervision practice; the value of a common framework for assessing what is observed in contact visits; and the intensification of strategies to facilitate and to recognise progress and the prioritisation of short term supervised contact arrangements with the required supports. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.relation.uri http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190740918311484
dc.rights © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Access en
dc.subject Child contact en
dc.subject Supervised en
dc.subject Fathers en
dc.subject Visitation en
dc.title Centre-based supervised child-parent contact in Ireland: the views and experiences of fathers, supervisors and key stakeholders en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Elizabeth Kiely, Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: e.kiely@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.check.info Access to this article is restricted until 36 months after publication by request of the publisher. en
dc.check.date 2022-03-07
dc.date.updated 2019-04-29T15:35:40Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 483353319
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Children and Youth Services Review en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress e.kiely@ucc.ie en


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