Succeeding Together?: Schools, Child Welfare, and Uncertain Public Responsibility for Abused or Neglected Children
Growing attention has focused on the education of children in the child welfare system, particularly those in foster care, but ninety-two percent of children in the child welfare system stay with their parents and their educational needs receive little attention.
Succeeding Together? is an institutional ethnography that analyses front-line accounts from mothers, teachers, and child welfare workers to explore the educational issues facing abused and neglected children outside of foster care. Kelly Gallagher-Mackay examines the complex policy framework and underlying assumptions that shape the practice of collective responsibility for this vulnerable group, shining a light on the implications of their status in-between private and public responsibility. Gallagher-Mackay breaks down collective responsibility into three areas: surveillance and the duty to report, child welfare’s poorly defined responsibility to provide educational supports, and the privatized nature of teachers’ professional responsibility for caring. The involvement of child welfare represents a public judgment that there should be strong, proactive, and coordinated intervention to ensure protection and well-being. Succeeding Together? reveals significant shortfalls in coordination and commitment to the well-being of society’s most vulnerable.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 224 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.8in x 9.3in
"Succeeding Together? is a timely and intriguing work that illustrates the very real and pressing problems for vulnerable children and families in Canada. Kelly Gallagher-Mackay’s writing style is clear and concise and the multiple perspectives she provides on the issue of child welfare provide depth and veracity to her work."
Kate Tilleczek, Canada Research Chair in Young Lives in Global and Local Contexts, University of Prince Edward Island
"This is a very well-written work that makes an important contribution to a substantively important domain in child development, education. Succeeding Together? is especially valuable as it fills a large void in the literature regarding vulnerable children who remain with their families."
Robert J. Flynn, Professor Emeritus, University of Ottawa
Kelly Gallagher-Mackay is an assistant professor in the Law and Society Program at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Collective responsibility for maltreated children -- and its dilemmas
Chapter 2: Separate spheres and closed systems: Reporting and communication between schools and child protection
Chapter 3: Schools ‘disciplining’ families’ cultural difference – through child protection
Chapter 4: Not in the game of maximizing potential: corporate parenthood, policy silence and limited services for children who stay at home
Chapter 5: Regulating aspirations: Teachers’ responsibility and ‘the whole child’
Chapter 6: Between labour and love: individualizing teachers’ responsibility for the work of care
Conclusion: Revisiting the dilemmas of collective responsibility: implications for research, practice and policy
Appendix 1: Notes on Methodology and Methods
Appendix 2: For whose protection? Gatekeeping, ethics, research review and access in studies of the front-line
Appendix 3: Regulation of teachers’ work: sources and responsibilities
Subjects and Courses