'I think I do have strategies': Lawyers' approaches to parent engagement in care proceedings

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Abstract

This paper examines the issue of parental engagement where children’s services have brought court proceedings to protect children, from the perspective of specialist lawyers who represent parents. It draws on an in-depth, qualitative study of parents’ representation conducted between 2008 and 2010. Parental non-co-operation with children’s services is a common feature in these cases. Lawyers are partisans with duties to follow clients’ instructions. They seek to build a trusting relationship and keep clients engaged in the process by giving advice, taking instructions and providing emotional support. Lawyers accept that parents have an absolute right to contest but use their power and authority to encourage their most vulnerable clients to concede. They are largely successful in keeping clients engaged in proceedings but parents rarely make the necessary changes in parenting.
Translated title of the contribution'I think I do have strategies': Lawyers' approaches to parent engagement in care proceedings
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202 - 211
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Volume17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

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Publisher: Wiley

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