Congratulations to Dr. Shovita Dhakal Adhikari on the publication of her paper ‘Understanding ‘trafficking vulnerabilities’ among children: the responses linking to child protection issues in Nepal’ . This academic paper was published earlier this month in the journal Children’s Geographies. Shovita and her co-author Dr. Jackie Turton discuss child trafficking in Nepal within the broader framework of child protection.
The paper examines both individual (gender, ethnicity and caste) and structural (their experiences in relation to work, migration, education and lack of birth registration) vulnerabilities and their links with child trafficking as a child protection concern. The authors suggest there is a need for a more nuanced understanding of trafficking vulnerabilities as part of a continuum, rather than a distinct event, to improve outcomes for children. They use the evidence presented here to call for a holistic approach. Policies and programmes in Nepal and across the globe must be integrated within the broader concerns of child protection, thus strengthening the system from local to national level, while recognising the importance of children’s rights to participate in any decision-making.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
- Adhikari, S.D. & Turton, J. (2019) Understanding ‘trafficking vulnerabilities’ among children: the responses linking to child protection issues in Nepal, Children’s Geographies (online first) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14733285.2019.1676398
Incorporating critical thinking and relationship based interventions with complex families.
We recognise that this is a challenging time for the social work profession and statutory social work in particular. The Munro Review of Child Protection highlighted the complex nature of child protection work and the importance of ensuring that the professional judgement of social workers working with children and families with complex problems is of a high calibre.
Set against a backdrop of welfare reform, marketisation of services and austerity measures, the National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work is pleased to bring you our first child protection conference, which will focus on:
- Critical reflection in child protection
- Reflective leadership and the consequences of diminishing services
- The role of supervision
Gillian Ruch has a background in professional practice as a social worker with experience of working in statutory child care teams. Her research interests relate to child and practitioner well-being and in the contribution of reflective practice to professional education, practice and research. She is particularly interested in developing understanding of reflective practice as a mode of support for professional practice and as a research method.
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Siobhan qualified as a social worker in 1990. She has worked in a variety of settings including children’s services, learning disability services and mental health services. She has been a foster carer, an approved social worker and a practice educator. Siobhan now manages Kirwin Maclean Associates Limited. She acts as a researcher, trainer and consultant for a range of social care and social work organisations. Siobhan also retains practice experience by acting as a Practice Educator. Siobhan is the European Honorary Secretary for the International Federation of Social Workers.
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Nushra Mansuri currently works for the British Association of Social Workers as Professional Officer in England. One of her key responsibilities is leading on children and families social work. Nushra compiled BASW’s response to Professor Munro’s review on child protection and also BASW’s evidence to the Justice Select Committee’s Inquiry into the workings of family courts. Nushra regularly acts as BASW’s spokesperson on child protection issues and has appeared on BBC Breakfast TV, This Morning, Channel 4 News, BBC News, Sky News, Dispatches, the Tonight programme, Radio 4 and a variety of national, international and local media.
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Jane Wonnacott is Director of In-Trac Training and Consultancy, UK, and is a qualified social worker, independent trainer and consultant. She has a long-standing interest in supervision and has trained social work supervisors across the UK.
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Watch this excellent short video from BU’s Richard Williams describes research highlighting the UK as one of the top three countries in the world for child protection laws.
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