The aim of this book has been to unpack and examine the occupational culture of child protection work. Chapter 3 set out the context of the construction of clienthood. Chapters 4 and 5 gave overviews of the discourses of masculinity and femininity in the social workers’ case talk, recording and report writing. Chapter 6 focused on the gendered construction of child protection priorities. This chapter goes on to address how social workers draw on professional knowledge, ethics and values, and the implications of how they do this for work with men and women. Reference has already been made to social work knowledge, ethics and values in each of the previous chapters. This chapter tackles the topic in a more sustained fashion, having as its central question: On the basis of what knowledge, ethics and values do social workers construct gender?
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