A relational approach to practice: an ethical alternative to working with parents in out-of-home care processes
Reimer, L 2017, 'A relational approach to practice: an ethical alternative to working with parents in out-of-home care processes', Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 6-19.
This qualitative study explored a relational practice approach with parents whose children have been removed into out-of-home care. Where these parents commonly experience practitioners as intimidating and unsupportive, the case studies of two families provides an alternative, arguably more care-centred, approach to working with parents. The paper discusses this alternative in light of ethical social work concepts. Findings suggest positive outcomes for parents and children alike when parents and workers engage using a relational approach where care is the central feature.