Little attention is given to the practice of home visiting and the emotions and challenges of accessing children it gives rise to. Although it is the methodology through which most child protection goes on, the home visit is virtually ignored in the literature and taken for granted in social work practice. In high profile cases where children have died, it was usually in the home that professionals struggled to get close to the children. Good practice requires entering children’s worlds, which means literally going into their most private spaces, like bedrooms. This workshop will seek to redress the neglect of the home visit by placing it at the centre of child protection practice and exploring:
- the lived experience of delivering practice in people’s most personal spaces
- negotiating the private areas of a family’s life – their home, bedroom, emotional world
- the use of movement and the importance of touch
- working with carers / parents who are resistant, aggressive or deceitful
- spaces for reflection and organisational support
The Masterclass draws from Harry Ferguson’s extensive research in which he has shadowed practitioners on home visits to children and families. The aim is to provide a stimulating and safe environment in which delegates will have the opportunity to reflect upon some of the key practice challenges involved in protecting children.