Social Work and Irish People in Britain

Historical and Contemporary Responses to Irish Children and Families

Paul Michael Garrett

Social Work and Irish People in Britain
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Paul Michael Garrett

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

192 pages
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781861344120 Published June 2004 For sale in North and South America only
Dominant social work and social care discourses on 'race' and ethnicity often fail to incorporate an Irish dimension. This book challenges this omission and provides new insights into how social work has engaged with Irish children and their families, historically and to the present day. The book provides the first detailed exploration social work with Irish children and families in Britain; examines archival materials to illuminate historical patterns of engagement; provides an account of how social services departments in England and Wales are currently responding to the needs of Irish children and families; incorporates the views of Irish social workers and acts as a timely intervention in the debate on social work's 'modernisation' agenda. The book will be valuable to social workers, social work educators and students. Its key themes will also fascinate those interested in 'race' and ethnicity in Britain in the early 21st century.
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