Although it is almost 50 years since Noel Timms wrote this, his words could not be more relevant to social work and child protection today. Despite being the core place where face-to-face work goes on and the heart of child protection, the home visit has been almost completely ignored in analyses of practice. Having already dealt with getting there and knocking on the door, it is time to step inside and get straight into the heart of the child’s life and home. This chapter begins to consider how child protection is performed in the home by drawing on social workers’ accounts of their experiences and examining scenes from home visiting practices in child death inquiry reports. It identifies a core problem of contemporary child protection as being social workers (and other professionals) not moving in rooms or around houses enough to meaningfully engage with children. To correct this, new understandings are needed of the dynamics of practice and homes in child protection.
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- The home visit: crossing the threshold
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